Much-maligned defense delivers for New England

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- As explosive as New England's offense was during its second-half surge against Buffalo on Sunday, the Patriots defense might have been the ringleader for the quick turnaround.

While quarterback Tom Brady was busy orchestrating another patented comeback, leading the offense to 580 total yards of offense and 45 second-half points, New England's defense actually ignited the charge, forcing six turnovers in the Patriots' 52-28 victory.

New England entered the game with just five turnovers through three games.

"We emphasize it every week. We've got our hands on some balls this year -- some we've turned over, some we haven't. And we've forced a few fumbles -- sometimes we've recovered them, sometimes we haven't. But those things kind of went right for us," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday. "I think if you just keep pressuring the ball, hopefully sooner or later, you'll get it out and hopefully sooner or later, some of those will come to you."

They arrived in bunches Sunday. As did the yards and touchdowns.