The New England Patriots offense is one of the best in the NFL, there’s no question about that. Their defense, though? Well, that’s a bit of a different story right now.
The Patriots have had some exceptional defenses over the years, but this year’s team has a “bend but don’t break” mentality, which hasn’t been working. Through four games they’ve allowed 32 points per game (No. 31 in the NFL), 324 passing yards per game (No. 32) and 132.8 rushing yards per game (No. 26).
But it’s the total yardage to this point that’s really surprising, as they’ve allowed a league-worst 1,827 yards defensively, which is 242 more yards than the next-closest team, the Indianapolis Colts.
As NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano points out, if something doesn’t change quickly, the Patriots could shatter the NFL record for most yards allowed.
Patriots on pace to shatter modern @NFL record for most yards allowed by a defense.
2012 Saints 7,046
2017 Patriots 7,308 (projected)
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 3, 2017
That pace is obviously concerning, but as we’ve seen in the past with any Bill Belichick-led Patriots team, they seem to find a way to right the ship consistently.
While the defense has issues that need to be fixed right now, they do still have quite a few playmakers and a staff in place who are more than well-equipped to make sure that this record doesn’t get broken. When looking at these defensive numbers, that 2-2 record for the Patriots doesn’t seem so bad.
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