The New England Patriots defense is not getting quite the attention they deserve. But if they keep playing like they did in a 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it may be what everyone talks about.
Stepping up in the Patriots’ secondary is Aqib Talib, who recorded his third interception of the season today. Talib picked off Josh Freeman just before halftime to set up a 53 yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.
Michael Holley talked with Tom E. Curran and Ron Borges on Sports Sunday on the emergence of Talib’s play in the secondary.
“[Talib] is a solid professional cornerback and I say that with a lot of respect,” Borges said. “He knows what he is doing, and he knows how to leverage receivers and he did make a good play on that ball today. If you make a mistake, and you’re a little short or something, he is going to get it and you can’t say that about a lot of defensive backs.”
Talib and the rest of the defense will have their hands full next Sunday night when they take on an Atlanta Falcons’ offense loaded with weapons.
“As with everybody next week, Aqib Talib is going to have a great challenge because it’s not just Julio Jones, it’s also Roddy White and he’s going to be all over the field,” Curran said. “And there will be a different way to play those guys with [Matt] Ryan throwing than Josh Freeman.”