Tom Brady Puts the National Football League on Notice With Comments on Patriots Defense

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

The Vikings still have a better-than-average chance of returning to the playoffs, but for all the individual standouts on this roster there has not been enough collective evidence in 2018 that this is more than simply a better-than-average squad.

Patriots safety Devin McCourty said, "I love when we get engaged like this".

We'll have more later from Chad Graff on the ground in Boston.

New England coach Bill Belichick was seen telling Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen to "shut the f*** up" en route to his 250th win with the Patriots.

While New England is known for giving up a ton of yardage per game, they don't surrender points easily. The Eagles are the only one with a shot at the postseason.

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"It's not over. We still have everything out there in front of us right now, but there definitely needs to be a sense of urgency on getting that done", running back Latavius Murray said.

Sunday was practically a mirror image of the Patriots offense in their 31-17 win over the Packers in Week 9.

"It might have", Zimmer said.

Develin in many ways is a posterchild for the long list of undrafted players that have become integral contributors for the Patriots under coach Bill Belichick.

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Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has taken plenty of heat.

Asked about any perceived tension between himself and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, Zimmer voiced support for his playcaller.

The front unit for the Patriots produced one of their finest performances of the season versus the uber-talented Vikings offense, behind the stellar play of perhaps their best defensive player in Flowers, who has proved his worth in the previous year of his rookie contract.

Balance has become a significant issue. Sure, he's still one of the best kickoff returners in the National Football League, but for the first time in his career, he's being used as a running back.

Specific game scenarios have dictated some of this discrepancy.

The Patriots have clinched their 18th straight winning season. Many times, the holes in the middle of the line simply have not been there.

The Vikings ran 13 times for 95 yards Sunday, and Dalvin Cook earned 84 of those on nine carries.

"Interesting timing for a guy to go down", Thielen told reporters after the game. "I wasn't surprised by anything that happened in the game. (Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) Flip calls a great game to me".

After the game, Thielen said there were no hard feelings. Jackson played 89 percent of New England's defensive snaps as the team's No. 3 cornerback behind Gilmore and J-Mac, and rose to the challenge. Three plays later, Thielen made a rare drop on a pass from Kirk Cousins on a drive that ended when the Vikings eventually turned the ball over on downs near midfield.

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