Found October 30, 2012 on
The Patriots' secondary has been the biggest liability on one
of the NFL's most complete teams. But that glaring weakness may slowly be
transforming before our very eyes.
As Sam Bradford took advantage of the Patriots' tragic flaw
with a 50-yard touchdown pass during the Rams' first offensive series on Sunday,
thoughts of another letdown were abound. But changes in the secondary saw one
of the league's worst pass defenses shut out Bradford and the St. Louis offense
the rest of the afternoon.
The Patriots held the Rams to just 219 passing yards and
intercepted two passes, one from Bradford and the other from backup Kellen
Clemens, something they had done just once prior in the season. The secondary wasn't
just active picking passes off, though. They also tied a season-high with nine
passes defended, accounting for all of the Rams' incompletions on the afternoon.
So, as Ice Cube might say, 'it was a good day.'
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