The 6 Best Defensive Players on the New England Patriots' Roster

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The 6 Best Defensive Players on the New England Patriots' Roster
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The Patriots' defense has stepped it up in their two playoff wins.

The New England Patriots' defense was considered the laughingstock of the NFL during the regular season.

But who's laughing now?

The NFL's most elite defenses are sitting at home on their couches.

Meanwhile, the Pats' 31st ranked defense is headed to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI where they will face the New York Giants' 27th ranked D.

So much for the saying, "defense wins championships."

With guys like Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater contributing on both sides of the ball, this team has overcome all odds. Not many other franchises possess players with such versatility.

Without a doubt, New England's defense has pulled together during this playoff run. If it weren't for crucial stops by this defensive unit, then the Patriots would not be vying for another Lombardi Trophy.

Although these men have had their ups and downs, they remain critical to this team's success.

Here are the Patriots' six most valuable defensive players.

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