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With rival Jets on tap for Thursday, Talib, Patriots secondary seeking consistency, stability

The Patriots' pass defense has shown plenty of consistency.

It's one of the worst in the NFL for the third straight year.

Now the secondary is striving to develop a better kind of consistency. And, with the shuffling of starters apparently at its conclusion, it appears that Patriots are headed that way.

New cornerback Aqib Talib said Tuesday that the more time players are on the field together, the more they mesh.

Talib is the newest, and possibly final, piece of a puzzle that finally seems to be fitting well after 10 games in which New England has allowed the third most yards passing in the NFL. That's an improvement over last season, when the Patriots gave up the second most. And in 2010, they permitted the third most.

Either way, though, they're in first place in the AFC East. And on Thursday night, the Patriots (7-3) visit the New York Jets (4-6).

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