Patriots' defense comes together

New England's maturing unit shuts down Jets by believing in each other

Updated: December 7, 2010, 11:06 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Another win for the New England Patriots, another step forward for the growing-on-the-job defense.

It is a unit that has been told all season that it's not good enough, with the focus almost always on what it is lacking. The Patriots don't have a feared pass rusher like other top teams. There is no shutdown corner. They are without a Troy Polamalu-type safety.

But captains Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo aren't interested in focusing on what the Patriots don't ...

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