4th Down: Bounce-back defense
The New England Patriots’ defense has been the strength all season long and a big reason why they are 12-4 and division champs.
As a matter of fact, in all four losses this season, the defense has played their worst games each time.
They gave up a ton of yards to the Ravens and gave up 37 points. They were taken to the limit against the Houston Texans and gave up a couple of costly touchdowns. Even though they kept the Chiefs in check during the second half, it was a poor start to the game that the offense just couldn’t catch up to in time.
And last week against the Dolphins, they just seemed out of sync.
Stephon Gilmore had his worst game of the season defensively. They missed a handful of tackles and sacks throughout the game and they gave up a last second touchdown. Certainly not what we are used to seeing from this defense all season.
But as previously stated, whenever the New England Patriots lose, their defense plays poorly. They need to bounce back this weekend or else that is it. They can’t miss open tackles and their pass defense needs to step up. Their run defense will have their hands full with the 260-pound Henry, and defending the running game has been a struggle for the Patriots all season.