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Defense churns out second straight gem

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  December 12, 2010 08:35 PM

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CHICAGO -- Two big wins in a short week has the Patriots' defense looking pretty high right now. After giving a pretty good thumping to the New York Jets (45-3) and then going to Soldier Field and walloping the Chicago Bears 36-7, the Patriots defense is marking its territory as one of the better units in the league.

"A short week, playing a division game then having to go on the road with another great football team in the Chicago Bears. We knew they were going to be pretty jacked up," said Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork. "They are a playoff caliber team. We had to try and get things down in a short amount of time and hopefully we had it today. I think we prepared pretty good and once again when we play that way, we played (well)."

The Patriots bore down on a streaky Jay Cutler and a dangerous Matt Forte, holding the Bears to 185 total yards. Forte mustered 25 yards on nine carries. Add in four takeaways for the Patriots, and it was a pretty dominant effort with Devin McCourty, before missing the second half with a rib injury, forcing one fumble and Eric Moore, who was signed just a week ago, forcing another. Gary Guyton picked up one fumble and returned it for a touchdown and added an interception on the afternoon to cap a strong day for the team.

"It just shows you this team is maturing," said Wilfork. "Each week we're maturing and we're going to need more of that going down the road. It doesn't stop here and I've told you before good teams fina way to win in December."

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