After the game, Thielen said he believed Chung was likely faking the injury in order to give his coaching staff more time to watch replays before making the decision to challenge. And as Belichick yelled at Thielen, the Patriots reinforced the notion that they are the team to beat in the AFC yet again by pulling away late to defeat the Vikings, 24-10, at Gillette Stadium. Minnesota is obviously a good football team and they do a lot of things well. "That's what I'm most excited about", Brady said, seeming a little bemused. With a lead, the Patriots were able to mix up the run and pass.
Although Cook said on Monday that he wasn't concerned about his number of carries tapering off in the second half, the running back could not put his finger on why the Vikings chose to not stick with the run. I don't know if he was hurt or not. That keeps them on the heels of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are 10-2 after winning Sunday at Oakland in their first game since releasing running back Kareem Hunt, for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Belichick's only comment on the interaction was when he was asked whether the interaction was just a couple of guys exchanging holiday greetings.
"Hopefully I don't go backwards next week", Brady said.
Zimmer has critiqued areas of the Vikings' offense in recent weeks.
Patriots safety Devin McCourty said, "I love when we get engaged like this".
The head coach has also voiced concern publicly about the offense's lack of balance and not sticking with a consistent ground game.
He has averaged 1.7 yards per carry and 3.8 yards per game, with his most "prolific" season in 2002, when he ran for a total of 110 yards. Minnesota's run game ranks 30th, with 86.1 yards per game.
Even so, Zimmer is sticking by DeFilippo.
"I thought we really played hard". I've talked to Thielen a bunch of times off the field, great guy. "I thought defensively we did a solid job". "He jumped in Thielen's face, but I love when we get in games like this, just going back and forth". I just thought the play was cheap, but like I said, I let the emotions get the best of me because it's a smart football play if you are in that situation. So he can hate me all he wants, and I'm still going to be the same person I am.
New TMZ video of Kareem Hunt during nightclub incident
Hunt acknowledged he misled the Chiefs about the incident in Cleveland during a live interview with ESPN on Sunday. Hunt was not charged in the altercation, but awaits a potential suspension from the NFL .