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The Patriots defense continues to improve. Deion Branch breaks out. It’s all inside today’s edition of the News Blitz.

Greg A Bedard of the Boston Globe writes about the continued improvement of the Patriots defense. Many state that the Patriots have only been facing back-up quarterbacks, but outside of that fact Coach Bill Belichick sees some improvements being made. "…Individually, yes [the execution is better]," said Belichick. "Collectively, I don't know, yes and no. Hopefully we can progress quicker.''

Ian Rapoport of the* Boston Herald* writes about the Patriots ability to overcome an early 10-0 hole. "We settled down," captain Vince Wilfork said. "Football is not 58, 59 minutes, but 60 minutes. When things aren't going perfect, you have to be mentally tough to fight through it and make the corrections. That's (a) sign of a good football team."

Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe writes about the "good-to-very good day" that Tom Brady had on Sunday. Brady finished 24-36 for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 38-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Brady was able to connect with Wes Welker eight times for two touchdowns and Rob Gronkowski four times for the other touchdown. "I thought it was OK,'' said Brady with a shrug. "I thought we executed a little better. It was good to get one on the road and getting down 10-0 and rallying, which we did. It showed some mental toughness.''

Mike Reiss of writes about Julian Edelman playing in four phases of the Patriots game. On offense Edelman saw 23 snaps, on defense 16 more. He also returned two punts and covered all seven kickoffs. With the versatility that Edelman has shown, he has received a new nickname from his new defensive counterpart James Ihedigbo who refers to Edelman as "Slash."

Jeff Howe of writes about the breakout day that Deion Branch had against the Philadelphia Eagles. Branch had six receptions for 125 yards, including a 63 yard catch that lead to a BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown. "He caught it, and he did the rest," Tom Brady said of Branch. "I thought he had a great cutback there on about the 15, 20-yard line to get us down to the 1. That was a huge play in the game I thought really to stop the momentum that [the Eagles] had established, and for us to make some plays like that really softens up the defense."

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