Former New England Patriots RB and Super Bowl champion James White was asked for a word to describe his former team’s defense. White chose the word “underrated” and that Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald called the answer an “interesting choice of words”.
While most in the NFL would probably describe the New England Patriots’ defense as solid, you’d probably have a hard time finding a contingent who insisted they’re elite.
That Numbers for the Patriots defense look strong on paper. They just didn’t drop a lot of points. Aside from the sack, the fumble and the brief return for a TD, the offense gave up in the Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots’ defense dropped just 13.5 points per game.
They are eighth in points allowed, fourth in yards given and against run. They only have one interception, but they’re allowed ninth in passing yards.
Those are the numbers of a borderline elite defense. However, some context is required. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense has some serious problems. Mitchell Trubisky is far from an elite quarterback in the NFL.
The Patriots held the former draft No. 2 at bay. Honestly, though, they were expected to control the Steelers’ offense, which is still trying to find its identity since Ben Roethlisberger retired.
Did the Patriots’ high school do its job? Yes, and that is all one can ask of them. However, it remains to be seen what the Patriots would do against a team with a strong offense like the Ravens.
New England lost in Week 1 to a Miami Dolphins offense that shredded the Ravens’ defense in the second half of their Week 2 matchup. The Patriots mostly held Tua Tagovailoa and his speedy wideouts Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle at bay.
Waddle came loose for a 41-yard TD reception late in the first half after a misstep by Kyle Dugger in the secondary gave the fleet-footed Dolphin an angle on a sloping route. Still, the Patriots’ defense worked well.
Their next big test comes Sunday when they not only have to master a few-gun offense in the run-and-pass game, but also Lamar Jackson, the NFL’s perfect weapon. How they argue with Jackson will determine whether White is right about his old team.
The Patriots writer suggests Damien Harris could have a big game against him. ravens
Could New England smother the ball with a dominant rushing attack? Musket Fire’s Sara Marshall referred to the last time the two teams met in November 2020, with Cam Newton as quarterback for New England.
As Marshall points out, the Patriots had a great game running back Damien Harris, and she suggests New England could lean on him again in Sunday’s game.
Establishing the run is a smart approach, but New England shouldn’t get so enamored with running football that the offense doesn’t try to take advantage of a Ravens secondary who gave up 462 passing yards and 6 TDs to Tagovailoa.
Patriots fan account calls for more deep shots for Nelson Agholor
On the other hand, Pats Buzz demanded more 50-50 deep shots from Jones at wide receiver Nelson Agholor. The latter’s TD catch in week 2 was the highlight of the game, even if it wasn’t thrown particularly well.
Maybe Jones and Agholor get back together on Sunday against Baltimore.
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