Patriots' Worst-Ranked Defense a Hot Topic

The Patriots’ lackluster defensive effort, namely the pass defense, is a hot topic amongst the sports media and Patriots fans. Facts are stubborn things, and the stats don’t take viewpoints or have homer tendencies. Fact is, the Patriots are currently dead last in the NFL in total defense, surrendering 468.7 yards per game. It’s no mystery that the big issue is the horrendous passing defense, which ranks dead last as well, surrendering 377 yards per game. If you’re in the camp that argue it’s points, not yards, that matter most, it doesn’t get much better. The Patriots’ defense is surrendering 26.3 points per game, which is sixth-worst in the NFL.

So what’s the problem? What’s the solution?

Here’s some of what is being said out in the sports media about what went wrong against the Bills:

The solutions being offered seem to settle on one common theme: the Pats need to get pressure.
The Patriots may get somewhat of a reprieve, at least in the secondary, this week against the Raiders. The Raiders like to utilize their running game more that the Pats’ previous opponents, though one would think that they will try and exploit the secondary like the Dolphins, Chargers, and Bills have.


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