New England Patriots Links 10/28/10 - Power Front: Wilfork, Warren and Deaderick

Christopher Price spotlights the very versatile and effective Big Three on the defensive line.

But over the last two games, a rotation of Vince Wilfork at one defensive end, Gerard "Big Money" Warren at nose tackle and rookie Brandon Deaderick at the other defensive end has paid dividends. It’s a big, beefy trio that has made a difference, particularly in the running game: Through the first four games, the Patriots had yielded 4.4 yards per carry. Since the change in personnel made up front, that number has been slashed more than a half-yard to 3.8 yards per carry, an impressive decrease. In the last two weeks the Patriots’ opponents have carried the ball 53 times for 137 yards, a paltry 2.6 yards per carry.

Bill Belichick talks up the Minnesota Vikings yesterday.

The last couple days here watching the Vikings on film - they are definitely an impressive football team. They are very good in all three phases of the game. They've got a lot of talent and make a lot of big plays. [They're] real physical on special teams. [Percy] Harvin is a tremendous returner. [They have] a lot of weapons on offense and a good offensive line and skill players. They're fast on defense, explosive. They're tough to block. They've lost a couple close games. They were right there on every last position, right there every time. So I have a lot of respect for them, a lot of respect this team. We're going to have our hands full on Sunday. We're going to need to play better than we've played. [We'll] probably need our best game yet. Hopefully we can have a good week of preparation and be ready to go Sunday.

Tom Brady mentions how much Belichick is emphasizing details, considering how close the games have been lately.

Quite a bit. We don't get away with much. I said that the other day. He holds us to a pretty high standard and I think by the film session we watched yesterday, in regards to our game against San Diego, you wouldn't have thought we had won that game by his coaching. He's trying to make sure we know exactly what the truth is. We have to play a lot better than we played last week on offense. We're going to have to go out and have a great week of practice. This defense presents some different challenges than the defense we faced, but that doesn't stop us from what we need to do execution wise. As a group, we've got to go out and do a better job.

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