Tom Brady praises Patriots defense for “locked in” performance vs. Vikings


The New England Patriots' defense rose to the occasion Sunday in an impressive 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium, and Tom Brady was full of praise for the unit Monday.

"Our defense, the way they played yesterday, it's going to be tough for anyone to come to Foxboro and win," Brady said during his weekly interview with WEEI's "Mut and Callahan." "They really locked in. I could see it all week. They had a lot of different, confusing looks for the offense. They played their butts off."

The Patriots held Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins under 300 yards passing, kept Vikings running back Dalvin Cook under 100 rushing yards, and also prevented wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen from making a huge impact in the passing game with just 77 combined receiving yards. New England's defense also forced two interceptions from Cousins.

The Patriots defense has given up an average of just 16 points over the last five games. If you take out the 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Patriots are giving up a little more than 10 points per game over that span. 

The defense has been dominant at home, too, and perhaps that's why Brady acknowledged the Patriots will be tough to beat in Foxboro. New England is a perfect 6-0 at Gillette Stadium and giving up 19.6 points per game on its home field. 

The Patriots still have two regular season games at home remaining, which should go a long way in helping them secure a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

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