The Breakdown: Defense, particularly safties, a concern

The Breakdown: Defense, particularly safties, a concern
October 1, 2012, 2:22 am
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Despite the offense running up 52 points, including 45 in the second half, CSNNE Patriots insider Tom E. Curran and SportsNet Central's Mike Giardi are talking defense in their breakdown of the Pats' 52-28 victory over the Bills.

The Pats were trailing 14-7 in the first half and about to go down by 10 or 14 with the Bills knocking on the door for another score when what Curran calls the play that changed the game occurred.

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes forced a fumble that was recovered by Vince Wilfork and kept the Bills from extending their lead.

The defense made other plays, Curran said, besides that big one. "The Jerrod Mayo pick, the second Devin McCourty pick."

It was a pretty good bounce-back game for McCourty, who drew criticism for his play in a loss to the Ravens last week.

"Those two picks are what you expect from a guy who a first-round pick," Curran said.

The play of the safties, however, continues to be a concern. There were bad angles taken by both Patrick Chung and Steve Gregory on a long touchdown catch and run that put the Bills up 21-7 in the third quarter.

A bright spot in the secondary? The play of rookie Tavon Wilson, who had an interception and a fumble recovery.