Patriots Defense Impressive Behind Big Play By Rookies

September 10, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Defense Impressive Behind Big Play By Rookies
" BOSTON (CBS) – While it’s New England’s duo of rookie defenders that are the talk of the town Monday morning, as a whole, the Patriots defense played very well in Sunday’s season-opening 34-13 win over the Titans.

There are still questions in the secondary, but it’s hard to complain when the Titans totaled just 284 yards and only put up 13 points on the board.

The focus for the defense heading into the game was to shut down Titans’ star running back Chris Johnson, and they passed that test with flying colors. The All Pro back managed just four yards on 11 carries – a career low – and as a team Tennessee had just 20 yards on the ground.

“One of our goals every year is being able to stop the run and playing good third down defense. Today we responded well against the run,” said nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who had one of New England’s five tackles for a loss on a key 1st and goal five-yard loss by Johnson in the fourth quarter. “I think throughout the preseason we showed improvement each week "

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