3rd Down: Continue the dominant defense
The defense of the New England Patriots has been, for lack of a better term, dominant all season.
It took four weeks for them to finally give up a touchdown (an NFL record), but even that should not be a blemish as to how great they have played all season long… Sunday in particular. Despite some careless holding and pass interference penalties, the defense stepped up while the offense struggled all game long.
New England’s D recorded five sacks total on the day: two from Kyle Van Noy, one from John Simon, one from Jamie Collins Sr., and one from rookie Chase Winovich. Collins now leads the team with 3.5 sacks all year, while Winovich is second with 3.0, Van Noy is tied for third with 2.5, and Simon is fourth with 2.0.
The New England Patriots defense was in the face of the Bills quarterbacks (Josh Allen and Matt Barkley) all game. As a result of this constant pressure, they intercepted the Bills QBs four times: J.C. Jackson had two of those picks, Devin McCourty had one, and Jamie Collins also had one. McCourty now leads the team with four interceptions total in 2019, Collins is second with three, and Jackson is third with two.