• Aqib Talib trade working out well for Patriots

    Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jan 17, 2013
    When the Patriots sent a fourth-round draft pick to the Buccaneers for cornerback Aqib Talib just hours before the trade deadline, they were taking a major risk. And Talib says he loves playing in the Patriots’ defense. Talib has just one interception and two pass breakups over eight games. As a cornerback who can actually cover, Talib has given Belichick the flexibility to start moving his X's and O's. Caldwell did note that Talib is an aggressive defender, calling him “a riverboat gambler” who will “take a chance here or there.” Now the Patriots are one win away from a third Super Bowl appearance in six years, trying for their first championship since the '04 season. You have to like their odds. But after surrendering an average of 285.3 yards, a 66.1 completion percentage and 19 touchdowns over its first nine games, New England trimmed those numbers to 253.4 yards, 57.3 percent and 10 touchdowns.
    • Patriots defense, with addition of Aquib Talib and young, talented players, starting to play like Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl

      Now the Patriots are one win away from a third Super Bowl appearance in six years, trying for their first championship since the '04 season. You have to like their odds.

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