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:
- Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald breaks down some of the bigger plays that occurred during the Bills game. He looks at what happened and what should have happened.
- Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal notes that the Bills’ bunch formation, a common formation the Patriots use on offense, was deadly against the secondary.
- Tony Massarotti and Chad Finn of the Boston Globe debate in this video why the defense is so bad.
- Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe and Jeff Howe of NESN.com discuss the need for pressure and more blitz packages.