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Tom Brady praises 'spectacular' Patriots defense after 43-0 win vs. Dolphins

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Tom Brady praises 'spectacular' Patriots defense after 43-0 win vs. Dolphins

The New England Patriots defense has played incredibly well to start the 2019 NFL season, and Tom Brady is quite impressed with what he's seen from this group.

The Patriots earned their first shutout win since 2016 on Sunday with a soul-crushing 43-0 triumph over the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. New England's defense tallied seven sacks and intercepted Dolphins quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen a combined four times, two of which were returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The dominant defensive effort drew plenty of praise from Brady. 

"They were spectacular, as always," the Patriots quarterback told reporters. "They've been playing great. They've been playing great (since the) preseason. Two interceptions returned for touchdowns, that was pretty insane. And then the last play to end it also was a great play. It takes some pressure off the offense -- we just got to go make good plays and not turn it over. They're doing an incredible job."

Brady and the offense played pretty well, too. The Patriots racked up 381 total yards of offense and went 6-for-11 on third downs. Newly signed wide receiver Antonio Brown made his debut and led all Patriots pass-catchers with 56 yards on four receptions, including a 20-yard touchdown.

Still, the defense was the story of Sunday's victory. This unit has given up just six (!) points since the start of overtime in last season's AFC Championship Game win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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