Pats Have Stunning Defensive StatsSeptember 21st, 2013
The Patriots’ defense has dominated two second-rate offenses through its first two games.
It’s been a notable turnaround for New England, which has played a load of two-linebacker sets and other unique stuff this season. Yes, they only faced the Bills and Jets, but the Bucs have hardly proven more potent than those clubs.
Boston’s sports radio giant, WEEI, penned a thorough look at Sunday’s Bucs-Pats game and unveiled the striking numbers of New England’s defense.
8. Bucs fans should be worried about … another excellent performance from the New England defense. Yes, the first two games came at the expense of rookie quarterbacks, but the numbers are undeniably impressive. The defense yielded three touchdowns on 29 offensive drives, allowed an average of 15.5 points per game, forced six turnovers and has held opponents to a 32.3 conversion rate when it comes to third down (eighth-best in the league). Again, the numbers were against occasionally ragged offenses, but still need to be singled out as exemplary.
Given how the Patriots have kept teams off the scoreboard, Mike Sullivan/Greg Schiano better find more weapons and diversify the playcalling in a hurry, not to mention eliminating the presnap penalties in loud, hostile Gillette Stadium.
Joe’s glad the Bucs’ offense is coming up against a sharp defense. A breakout game tomorrow could give No. 5 and friends tremendous confidence.