Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports

Kyle Van Noy: Patriots secondary doesn't get noticed enough

Ryan Hannable
December 03, 2018 - 12:09 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots defense is playing its best football of the season and it is coming at the right time.

Following the Patriots' 24-10 win over the Vikings on Sunday, the unit is allowing 21.6 points per game, which is good for ninth in the NFL. Even more impressive is only allowing 24 points in the last two games.

Speaking after Sunday's win, outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy feels the Patriots secondary deserves more recognition.

“To me, I think we have some of the best secondary players in the league," he said. "They don’t get noticed enough. I feel like it is led by [Devin] McCourty, [Patrick] Chung and then you’ve got one of the best corners in the league right now, or if not the best in my opinion, because Steph [Stephon Gilmore] is playing really good football for us right now.”

Against the Vikings, the backend of the defense did a tremendous job with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

Thielen finished with five catches on 10 targets for 28 yards and a touchdown, while Diggs had five catches for 49 yards. Gilmore had Diggs 1-on-1 most of the game, while the McCourty twins (Devin and Jason) doubled Thielen the majority of the time.

Tom Brady was very impressed with what he saw.

“Our defense, the way they played yesterday, it’s going to be tough for anyone to come to Foxboro and win when the defense is playing as well as they played yesterday," he said Monday on Mut & Callahan. "They really locked in. I could see it all week. They had a lot of different confusing looks for the offense and they played their butts off. It was just a great performance by them. Hopefully we can keep it going.

"We have two road games, which are obviously very important, and two home games that kind of wraps it up. This is the time of year where we have to really keep the foot on the gas pedal, be at our best and see if we can keep stringing these wins together.”

Related: Tom Brady on M&C details playing golf with Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush on day he missed OTAs