The New England Patriots have had some impressive defenses over the years. They’ve also had some defenses that lived by the “bend but don’t break” mentality. This year, the Patriots are dealing with a bit of an identity crisis on the defensive side of the ball.
After a surprising 2-2 start, which features loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers, it’s been that defense which has left much to be desired. Through four games, they’ve allowed 32 points per game, which is the second-most in the NFL, ahead of only the Indianapolis Colts.
To make matters even worse, as Kimberly Jones of NFL Network reported, the 128 points the Patriots have allowed is the most through four games in team history.
In first 4 games, NE has allowed 128 points, most in team history.
Previous high under BB: 108 (2005).
In 2016, 128th pt allowed in Week 8.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) October 2, 2017
As she also points out, this is 20 points more than the previous high, and last season it took double the amount of games for the Patriots to give up this many points.
You can’t really pinpoint the issue for the Patriots, either, as both the pass defense and run defense have struggled. New England has allowed 324 passing yards per game (most in the NFL) and 132.8 rushing yards per game (seventh-most in the league).
Things won’t get a whole lot easier in the coming weeks, as the Patriots face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons over the next three weeks, with a game against the New York Jets sandwiched in the middle.
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