Four Ups, Four Downs: Aqib Talib Shines For Patriots In Victory In Atlanta

September 30, 2013 4:18 AM
Four Ups, Four Downs: Aqib Talib Shines For Patriots In Victory In Atlanta
" BOSTON (CBS) — It ended up being a much, much closer finish than it needed to be, but when all was said in done in Atlanta, the Patriots walked away with a 4-0 record after a 30-23 win.

It proved to be yet another example of none of the pregame story lines actually coming to fruition, with some players stepping up when nobody expected them to — or in the case of one Patriots tight end, when nobody know who he was.

Here are the four ups and the four downs from the Patriots’ win in Atlanta.

Four Ups

Aqib Talib To put it simply, the cornerback play out of Aqib Talib this year has been something we haven’t seen in New England for a long, long time. Yes, Devin McCourty made all those picks in his rookie season, but what Talib is doing is about so much more than the INTs. He played lockdown defense (as much as you can in today’s NFL) on Julio Jones all night, stepping in front of several passes from Matt Ryan and eventually getting his fourth pick of the season in the fourth quarter "

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