New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung knows that the defense has been terrible. He’s not going to tell anyone why, though.
“Chung was asked if the Patriots have pinpointed their problem on defense,” wrote Doug Kyed of NESN.
“Yeah,” the safety replied. “When we pinpoint it, we’ll keep it between us.'”
The implication there is that they haven’t pinpointed it yet. When they do, they won’t tell, but the first step is to figure it out on their own.
The stats are bad, no matter which was you look at it. Historically bad.
“In the first four games, NE has allowed 128 points, the most in team history,” wrote NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. “Previous high under [Bill Belichick]: 108 (2005). In 2016, the 128th point was allowed in Week 8.”
The Patriots are giving up points twice as fast as they were last year. They just gave the Carolina Panthers 33, giving them a 33-30 win. Quarterback Tom Brady and the offense are doing what they can, and they’ve carried the team to 2-2, but they can’t win every game without a little help from the offense.
New England is especially bad against the pass, giving up a league-leading 324 passing yards on average. The average of 132.8 rushing yards isn’t good either, as it’s the seventh-highest total, but teams hardly need to run when they can just shred Chung and the pass defense all night.
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