Monday, September 27, 2010

Patriot Defense

From commentary on ESPN:
but as we get deeper into October, it'll lighten up, including a Week 6 game at New England
How did New England's defense fall so far so fast?

A few years ago the Patriots had the most feared, punishing defense in the league. Defense (and spying)  won the Patriots their three Super Bowls,. Their pass defense--led by Ty Law and Rodney Harrison--was stifling in the mid-2000s. The game that defined that dynasty was the 20-3 victory over the high-powered passing Colts in the 2004 playoffs.

And this post wouldn't be complete without some numbers so here they are: Rank of points allowed over the past decade (lower is better): 6th, 17th, 1st, 2nd, 17th, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 5th.

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