Found October 21, 2013 on NESN.com:
All season for the Patriots, the mindset seems to be “next man up.” That’s how it went, yet again, for New England on Sunday as the team was missing Aqib Talib in the secondary. In his place, Alfonzo Dennard took over as the de facto No. 1 cornerback, while Logan Ryan got the biggest boost in playing time. Dennard has been a stud all season, so it was no surprise to see him give up just two catches on seven targets for 23 yards. He also had a gorgeous pass breakup, as seen above, which came at a key time in the game on second and 11 as the Jets were driving in the fourth quarter. The past three weeks, Dennard has given up just four catches on 12 targets for 68 yards. Those are some pretty stellar numbers for a former seventh-round pick. If it wasn’t Dennard, Devin McCourty was probably the team’s MVP on Sunday. McCourty made some extremely impressive plays as he helped out the cornerbacks over the top. His key plays came on a pass breakup in the endzone, and when the safety forced a...
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