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News Blitz 11/18: Defense dominates in Philly

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The Patriots travelled to Philadelphia and came home with a hard-fought 17-10 victory to improve to 9-1 on the season. Once again it was a stellar outing by the defense that led the way, but that fact seemed to offer little solace to Tom Brady, who directed an offense that had trouble establishing any consistency.

ESPN.com looks at Brady and the offense and how things might be improved upon in the coming weeks. The Boston Globe focused on one of the few offensive plays that was successful, pointing out the trick play that provided the Patriots only touchdown. The Globe also looked at Brady’s growing frustration while trying to deal with a limited attack.

The Boston Globe points to some in-game adjustments that helped turn the tide after a shaky start that put the Patriots in a 10-0 hole. Another positive note saw the debut of rookie first-round pick N’Keal Harry. Safety Terrence Brooks turned in a solid game playing for the injured Patrick Chung.

The Boston Herald focuses on the defense and how the group choked out the Eagles over the final two-plus quarters. Stephon Gilmore’s work on Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was a huge part of that.

The Providence Journal wrote about the Patriots defense on the final play and how the group made some changes from last year’s disaster in Miami. The Athletic explains that ugly wins count just the same as pretty ones.

NBC Sports Boston offers its bests and worsts from the Patriots win. They point to a sequence late in the second quarter where the Eagles botched a couple of plays as the turning point. The Boston Sports Journal focuses on the defense as well.

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