Patriotsí defense stepping up to the challenge
Even though the Patriots offense is getting 19.7 points a game only, a far cry from its previous seasons league highest 34.8, the defense has managed to stem it at just 11.3. the defense has been very vigilant in halting the enemy pass efforts with a mean of 188.3 yards which has won it the No.6 place in the NFL rating.
Head coach Bill Belichick has been particularly fond of his returning starters who are helping at a huge level. "That’s definitely something that over the past, I’d say, two years now, going on three, that even though we’ve added some new people last year like Hightower, Chandler Jones, Aqib,”he said, “coming in in the middle of the year, there’s still a pretty good group of players from ’11 and ’12 and now ’13 that now have played a lot of snaps together."
The only new recruit in the Patriot’s defense for the 2013 season is defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and he is syncing with the team superbly. He has already scored a fumble recovery and one and half sacks in three games.
The tactics are only as good as the communication and understanding between the team, which evolves only as the team works more as one single entity and racks up more experience. The Patriots have so far three fumbles and four interceptions.
"In each of the three weeks, but especially the first two, we saw a number of things that took some adjustment on the field. A lot of times you just have a second or two defensively,” Belichick said. “When the offense comes out of the huddle and they get lined up and put a guy in motion, or they line up in a different split with the receivers, a bunch formation or put the back at a different location.” He added to make a quick decision as to how you’re going to play it and communicate it, and then those two or three people have to all be on the same page and understand it and anticipate it, hopefully, before it even happens."
The Patriots will be tested this week at Atlanta. Wide receiver Julio Jones has of yet the highest receiving yards in the NFL. He is the reason the Falcons are at No.7 for their passing offense with 289 yards a game.