New England Defense
posted at 9/8/2013 4:35 PM EDT
I was very impressed with how the defense played. The Bills, no doubt, aren't the most formidable opponent. Their QB is young, and although talented, inconsistent. That said, they have a solid OL, two very talented HBs, and Stevie Johnson is a talented WR.
I was very pleased with the run defense, the pass-rush, while somewhat inconsistent, showed up at times, and the coverage on the backend was impressive. Manuel had to pull the ball down and reset his feet a number of times due to blanket coverage.
The stats tell the story...
14 points allowed, 15 first-downs allowed, 4-13 on 3rd down (this is huge, especially if they can maintain this), 286 total yards allowed (150 passing, 136 rushing), and 2 turnovers.
Again, Buffalo is by no means a Denver or Houston of the world, but they have some notable talent. Relative to how our defense has fared in recent years against Buffalo, I was very pleased. Let's wait until we play a better offensive team, but I think there's some reason for optimism. The pass-rush flashed, and the coverage seemed to hold up much better than in the past. Perhaps the most important aspect was the 3rd down defense, which was very, very strong.
Is this an indicator for the rest of the season? Who knows. But there has to be some optimism after today.