The Patriots D finished top 10 in points allowed for six of the last seven years?
Pr. Gregg Rosenthal:
Defense the key
The real key in New England is the underrated defense. Bill Belichick's crew has finished in the top 10 in points allowed for six of the past seven years, but this could be his most talented group since 2004. The front seven has continuity and youth with Brandon Spikes, Jerod Mayo, Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower alongside veterans like Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich. The defense could make up for any decline in the Patriots' offense.
I didn't know that.
Now scoring alone doesn't tell the whole story about the qualities of a D, but it's not like it's the worst indicator either. Limit the big plays this season, and they're going to the SB!