Defensive MVP – honorable mention
Although they aren’t the most valuable players on defense, there are some players who put forward some great performances going up against the New England offense.
Anthony Barr, linebacker
During the game, Anthony Barr was sometimes tasked with dropping back into coverage against some of the Patriots’ speedy receivers and he was able to keep pace with them on the field for the most part.
He was also instrumental in run support, where he had six tackles on the day, with all of them being solo. New England’s offense is based on getting those yards after the catch and Barr helped to limit them.
Anthony Harris, safety
With Andrew Sendejo on IR, Anthony Harris has been stepping up in a big way. Fans watching the game will remember his big play at the goal line to bat away a pass that could have been a New England touchdown.
Harris was also good in run support. Totaling seven tackles (five solo stops), Harris played well when in coverage or crowding the line of scrimmage to give Tom Brady some different looks defensively. He should continue to be an asset for the team going forward.