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Going into this weeks preparation for Super Bowl 51, the Patriots are making it imperative that they will not let Vic Beasley dictate the game. The second year, All- Pro linebacker led the NFL with 14.5 sacks and has been a nuisance to opposing quarterbacks all season.
When asked at Monday nights media session about the upcoming challenge of facing Beasley, Marcus Cannon responded, “You hear all about him, because he was up there in sacks, and of course as a first-round pick last year, but it wasn’t until I really looked at film and seen everything he can do, and you see what a good player he is. [He’s ]Fast, super fast. Athletic. He’s really gifted, given trouble to a lot of tackles. He’s playing really well.”
No one on the Patriots offensive line has played an NFL snap vs Beasley, however, Joe Thuney, a rookie out of NC State had some time with Beasley since the two played in the ACC together. When asked about the tape of that game back in college, Thuney responded in a laughing matter, “Don’t watch it.”
It’s a known fact; if you hit Tom Brady, he is going to struggle and more times than not, the Patriots lose those games. Expect the Falcons to draw up a scheme to bring the guns right at Brady to try and hit him right from the start. We saw this in last seasons AFC Championship game when Von Miller and company were all over Brady forcing him to make bad throws and take him off his game.
However, the offensive line has done a great job so far this season protecting Brady as he’s only been sacked eighteen times in his fifteen starts as oppose to last seasons forty two sacks in his eighteen starts.
We all know the Patriots need to play great defense this Sunday, however, the Falcons defense aren’t much after Beasley as they ranked 27th in the league defensively. If the Patriots can slow down Beasley and give Brady time to throw, the Patriots should have no problem scoring this Sunday.