Vince Wilfork and Co. aim to shut down the run, again

Last week, the Patriots defensive dominated the line of scrimage and completely shut down the Tennessee Titans run game.

At the end of the game, the Titans rushed for a total of 20 yards on 16 carries (1.3 yards per carry). The defense, led by Vince Wilfork,  seemingly made Tennessee one dimensional. Today, Wilfork talked about the defensive front and importance of making an offensive have limited options. He says it they can do that again this week, against the Arizona Cardinals, the results will be the same. But it’s not easy.

“The quicker you can do that, the better your odds of winning. But it’s tough. It’s very hard at this level to do that,” said Wilfork. “You just have to keep fighting. If we’re able to that and every team is the same way, if you’re able to do that on a consistent basis you’re going to put yourself in some pretty good situations to win a ball game.

“That’s what we’re going to try to do. We have a lot of goals. We hit them sometimes but sometimes we don’t but you have to keep on striving to get better. That’s what we’re doing as a unit, striving to get better as an individual and striving to get better and hopefully it’ll be enough.”

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the Pats’ dominating run defense, but Wilfork is not ready to crown his unit just yet.

“I mean that’s a work in progress. That’s something we put a lot of time and effort it and it showed up well for us last week,” said Wilfork. “Hopefully we can continue to do it. The main thing is consistency. We definitely have to come in and play the run well again. That’s always a goal of ours.

“They have three good backs that can run the ball and a fullback they like to put in, in certain situations. Like I said, it’s going to be a challenge for us together and we have to keep putting it together and consistent. It could work out for us down the road.” 

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