Belichick calls Wilfork the 'vacuum cleaner'


Belichick calls Wilfork the 'vacuum cleaner'

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO --Offensive lineman Vince Wilfork went seven NFL seasonswithout an interception. But Sunday marked his second career pick in the lastthree games.

With that comes surprise from some. But Patriots coach BillBelichick wasnt stunned to see the big man come down with anotherinterception.

It doesnt surprise me, if he gets his hands on it, saidBelichick on Monday. Hes got really good hands. Weve had him out therecatching punts and hes very athletic. He has very good hand-eye coordination.

He makes those plays in practice. I mean, Im not sayingevery day, but weve seen him catch a ball out there. If he gets his hands onit, hes like a vacuum cleaner. He pulls it right in.

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Study ranks Patriots fan base as second-best in NFL

Study ranks Patriots fan base as second-best in NFL

A scholarly blog from Emory ranks the Patriots as having the second-best fan base in the NFL. 

Compiled by professor Mike Lewis and favoring in numerous statistical data, the list ranks the Patriots first in terms of “social equity,” third in “fan equity” and fifth in “road equity.” The Cowboys hold the top overall spot. 

The following graphic is from Lewis' report. 

Lewis allows for the possibility that many of New England’s fans may be bandwagon fans, but that the league’s Deflategate scandal boosted engagement from Patriots dans on social media. 

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