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Samuel's Value Cannot Be Overstated

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New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his Week 12 performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. While the award was nice, it was Samuel who sparked the Patriots defense enough to secure the win. Without Samuel, things could have turned out much differently.

While the Player of the Week award was a nice touch for Samuel's resume, the reality is that without Samuel making those plays the Patriots' defense had been shredded like a slab of Swiss cheese. Samuel, who had a league leading 11 interception season last year, knows it's about making plays when the opportunity presents itself regardless of how the game had been going up to that point."That's...

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