I for one was heavy handed with my loathing towards the play of Vince Wilfork during the early portion of the season. I still believe that the critisism he recieved at that time was entirely justified. I still think that many of the DL problems during that span were caused by him being completely ineffective. He was routinely handled by one blocker leaving his DL mates to be doubled. But as one of the guys that was down on him, i must now tip my hat. His play has improved. One blocker is now no longer enough. He's requiring double teams and still makin plays in spite of the new attention. Whatever he's been doing differently has worked. Some may point to the return of Seymour as why Wilfork has looked better, and that certainly may be part of it, but Seymour's return has not suddenly made Wilfork require a double team. If anything, Seymour's return would actually increase the probability of a single-block on Wilfork, but that hasn't been the case. Wilfork is playing better, requiring double teams, and freeing up the Linebackers to make plays. Bravo. I sincerely hope the DL can keep this up as we head into the playoffs, because if they do, we'll be very hard to stop. If they return to their early season woes, look for an early exit from the playoffs. It's become more and more obvious that the DL play is paramount to the success of this defense. Go Patriots.