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New England Patriots Links 10/24/14 - Remodeled Defense Gets First Real Test vs. Bears

Daily News and Links for 10/24/14 TEAM TALK Erik Scalavino posts some news, notes and locker room chatter from Thursday at Gillette: Ayers 'happy' to be in New England; Branch on board. Patriots-Bears Thursday Injury Report. Broadcast Information: Bears vs. Patriots. Press Pass - The Patriots chat about the Bears. (3.15 min. video) Press Pass: Vince Wilfork - Akeem Ayers - Dominique Easley - Rob Gronkowski. Patriots Today - Perillo's Points: Gronk will be huge against Bears. (2.36 min. video) Patriots Today - Opponent preview: Meet the Bears. (2.31 min. video) Patriots Today -...

Vince Wilfork with Dale and Holley

We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday. Vince sounds like he's fighting a cold but swears he'll be good to go come Sunday. Vince tells Dale and Holley that their defense will have to be better if they expect to keep winning, especially against the ground game.

Patriots' first-quarter review: Big nickel and Patrick Chung

Picked-up pieces from first-quarter review of the New England Patriots’ 27-25 win over the New York Jets: 1. The Patriots matched the Jets’ 2-WR/2-TE/1-RB package that included Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro with a three-safety package of Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Tavon Wilson. That’s sometimes referred to as the “Big Nickel.” When the Jets went with 1-WR/2-TE/1-FB/1-RB, the Patriots countered in their 5-2 heavier look with three down linemen (Vince Wilfork, Casey Walker, Chris Jones).

Pats' 3rd-quarter review: Vince Wilfork shines

Picked-up pieces from third-quarter review of the New England Patriots’ 37-22 win over the Buffalo Bills: 1. This was defensive lineman Vince Wilfork’s best game of the season. He was a force in the running game, with one example coming with 11:12 remaining when he bulldozed right guard Erik Pears into the backfield and tackled Fred Jackson after 2 yards. He did it again at 10:10, controlling the line of scrimmage. The Bills wanted to pound the ball against the Patriots, but Wilfork was one of the main reasons they couldn’t do so consistently (Buffalo finished with 23 carries for 68...

Patriots' defensive snaps: Wilfork's workload

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- A look at snaps played by New England Patriots defenders in their 37-22 victory over the Buffalo Bills (penalties included): DEFENSIVE TACKLE Vince Wilfork -- 64 of 69 Chris Jones -- 50 of 69 Casey Walker -- 33 of 69 Quick-hit thoughts: With Sealver Siliga on short-term injured reserve and Joe Vellano on the practice squad, the Patriots' depth is taxed with their big men, which is forcing Wilfork to play almost a full-time load.

Defensive starters for the Patriots

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Defensive starters for the New England Patriots Sunday against the Buffalo Bills: DE/OLB: Rob Ninkovich DT: Vince Wilfork DT: Chris Jones DT: Casey Walker DE/OLB: Chandler Jones LB: Jerod Mayo LB: Jamie Collins CB: Darrelle Revis CB: Alfonzo Dennard S: Patrick Chung S: Devin McCourty The Bills opened with a heavy package, so the Patriots countered with their big defense.

Vince Wilfork: Can't miss tackles vs. Bills

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- While focus continues to surround the likely matchup between Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins and New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis heading into Sunday, the Patriots' defensive line knows they’ll have their work cut out for them as well. Once again anchored by C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson, the Bills possess two dangerous options in the running game that can give a defense fits. As defensive captain Vince Wilfork puts it, “Pick your poison.

Vince Wilfork with Dale and Holley

We check in with big 75 Vince Wilfork after the Patriots bounced back with a big home win.

Patriots' defensive snaps: Big Vince Wilfork

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at snaps played by New England Patriots' defenders in Sunday's win against the Bengals (penalties included): DEFENSIVE TACKLE Vince Wilfork -- 50 of 55 Chris Jones -- 39 of 55 Casey Walker -- 14 of 55 Joe Vellano -- 5 of 55 Quick-hit thoughts: Wilfork played 49 of the first 49 snaps before coming off for five of the final six snaps. He remains the rock in the middle of the defense. Walker, who was signed off the Panthers' practice squad on Sept.

Patriots' Vince Wilfork pushes defense's buttons

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Win and silence the critics. It’s a simple phrase but that’s the message New England Patriots defensive tackle and team captain Vince Wilfork told his teammates throughout the week. “Best way to answer anything is to win,” Wilfork said after Sunday night’s 43-17 victory over Cincinnati. “If we were sitting here undefeated, everybody would be blowing smoke up us about how great we are. That’s why we don’t pay attention to anything outside of here.

Vince Wilfork: Full confidence in Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Given his standing as the New England Patriots’ second-longest tenured player, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork’s influence in the locker room looms large. He guaranteed that in the wake of an embarrassing 41-14 loss to the Chiefs on Monday, the team will get better. “I have full confidence in this team,” Wilfork said Thursday after a full-pads practice. “We have a lot of great guys around this locker room that played a lot of football games and know what it takes to win.

Vince Wilfork Says Chiefs 'Beat Us Like We Stole Something'

The Kansas City Chiefs offense ran roughshod over the New England Patriots defense, and nose tackle Vince Wilfork was none too thrilled about it after the game. Hear his takeaways after the humiliating 41-14 loss at Arrowhead Stadium.

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