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Tom Brady has tremendous praise for Bears: ‘This is the best defense we’ve played in a long time’

Ryan Hannable
October 20, 2018 - 8:06 am

FOXBORO — On paper, the Patriots faced the best defense in football in Week 2 against the Jaguars, but maybe Tom Brady feels differently.

Speaking Friday at Gillette Stadium, Brady had tremendous praise for the Bears defense, which he will be going up against Sunday in Chicago.

“Yeah, really good play-makers, very consistent,” Brady said of the Bears’ safeties. “[Adrian] Amos and [Eddie] Jackson are both very solid. They work well together. I think their secondary in general is very talented. They’ve got a good group of linebackers. Roquan Smith’s playing really well, high pick. Danny Trevathan, I’ve always thought he was a great player. And then you add [Khalil] Mack and [Leonard] Floyd, Akiem Hicks, really stout front. 

“This is the best defense we’ve played in a long time. We’re going to have to go out and play really well on the road. We’ve talked a lot about playing on the road this week and kind of what we need to do to get a win. We haven’t played very well on the road this year and we’re going to need to play a lot better than we played the first two times on the road in order to win.”

Statistically, the Bears have the third-best defense overall this season and are fourth in points allowed.

With how many disruptive players the Bears have, Brady knows he will need to get rid of the ball perhaps quicker than usual.

“I think any time you play a good pass-rush you’ve got to be able to get the ball out and play on time, play on rhythm,” he said. “They’re trying to knock you off rhythm and to keep you holding the ball. So that’s a little bit of a chess match. But they’ve got a good rush. 

“They’ve strip-sacked a lot of quarterbacks, Khalil [Mack]’s having an incredible year, he’s a great player. We played against him in the past. I think we know the challenge that he is, but they’ve got a lot of other guys on the front who are good players too. It’s a very good defense and they’re going to give us all we can handle. So I hope we can go up and meet the challenge.” 

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