Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Patriots fired up over Belichicks verbal exchange with Adam Thielen

Patriots fired up over Belichicks verbal exchange with Adam Thielen

On the Minnesota Vikings' first third down Sunday evening, Kirk Cousins gazed across the line of scrimmage and saw chaos.

It's hard to tell exactly how serious anyone is about him reaching 1,000 yards rushing in his career in the New England Patriots' 24-10 win over Minnesota Sunday.

His top targets are the dynamic wide receiver duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. It had its desired effect.

At 9:02 of the fourth quarter, Vikings back converted on a close fourth-and-1 run play. The Vikings moved the chains on just two of those plays as part of a 3-for-12 showing in third-down situations. "I've talked to Thielen a bunch of times off the field, a great guy, but everybody's out there battling and it's all about sometimes football comes down to a yard and we're out there on fourth-and-1 fighting for a yard".

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The unsettled nature of New England's amoeba D allowed de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores to dial up some creative blitz schemes. They handed the ball off to Latavius Murray, who appeared to be stopped short of the first down marker.

But the Patriots bounced back, needing just four plays for Brady to cap a 75-yard drive with a 24-yard pass to Josh Gordon that put the Patriots back in front, 17-10.

The Patriots also utilized a two-down-lineman look at times that produced a Butler sack and a bone-crushing QB hit by Van Noy. "That's what I'm most excited about", Brady said, seeming a little bemused. But a pass into the end zone by Cousins was tipped by J.C. Jackson and intercepted by Duron Harmon. Zimmer had just watched first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, a man he handpicked in the offseason despite no previous relationship, deliver a game plan absent the one facet of the game Zimmer has pleaded for all season - a rushing attack. "He's a good quarterback. It lets you know how passionate he is", Harmon said. He can make all the throws. The extra time gave the Patriots a chance to decide whether they would like to challenge a play that gave the Vikings a first down, according to the Boston Herald.

The Patriots have clinched their 18th straight winning season. Gilmore and Jason McCourty held Diggs and Thielen to 77 total yards on 10 catches, and Cousins finished with season lows in yards per attempt and passer rating and tossed two fourth-quarter interceptions.

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