New England Patriots’ Band of Brothers: The Secondary

September 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For an inexperienced defensive unit, the New England Patriots secondary showed the Bengals they are ready to hang with the best. 
They held the Bengals air-raid squad at bay, as Palmer was only able to hook up with Ochocinco once for a TD (not bad considering he is one of the best 3rd down receivers in the league) and his second passing touchdown was a one yard completion  to a tight end. 
Darius Butler, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Brandon Meriweather, James Sanders, Terrence Wheatley, and Jonathan Wilhite stepped up and made plays when they had to, limiting the Bengals two star receivers to 19 receptions for 212 yards and one touchdown.  If the 24-3 halftime score wasn't enough evidence the young defensive backs had flustered the Bengals, Ochocinco and Owens leaving the field early proved the young guns were doing their job. 
McCourty's ability to hang with the veteran Bengal receivers could h...

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