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A Look at the Patriots Defense Through Week Four

On Sunday, the New England Patriots secured the 16-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots defense was a huge factor coming up with four interceptions. New England’s offense wasn’t clicking as Tom Brady had an underwhelming performance of 18/39 on completions, 150 passing yards, one interception, and no touchdowns. The running game wasn’t a factor either as Patriots had a total of 74 rushing yards.

In the first quarter, Devin McCourty picked off Josh Allen and on that drive the Patriots would score to go up 6-0.

As the Bills were trailing, they punted the ball and J.C. Jackson came up with an incredible deflection. Then, Matthew Slater corralled the ball and ran in for a touchdown to give New England a 13-0 lead. The Patriots went into halftime ahead 13-3.

In the third quarter, it was 4th & goal on the one yard line for Buffalo and Allen broke the plane and scored to cut the deficit 13-10. This was New England’s first touchdown allowed by their defense of the season.

Allen took a helmet-to-helmet hit and was forced to leave the game early in the fourth quarter. Matt Barkley stepped in as quarterback and had a strong drive. Barkley brought the Bills into the red zone but the Patriots defense held them off. Buffalo went for it on 4th and goal and failed to convert.

With 3:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Bills took over on their 14-yard line. Buffalo reached New England’s 40 yard line, and on the snap Kyle Van Noy disrupted Barkley’s pass. The football went high into the air and Jamie Collins caught the pick to seal the win.

This season, New England limited the depleted Pittsburgh Steelers to three points. The Patriots also shutout the Miami Dolphins 43-0 and defeated the New York Jets 30-14.

Through week four, the Patriots are second in passing yards allowed per game averaging 181.8. New England’s defense is also second in rushing yards allowing 61.2 a game.

McCourty (4 interceptions) and Collins (3 interceptions) are first and second respectively in the rankings for interceptions.

The defense has looked great for the Patriots, making quarterbacks pay in the air and making stops in the red zone. Although, the opposing teams are in the lower tier of the NFL, it’s a great start. New England’s next few opponents are the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and the New York Jets which don’t pose a threat on offense. New England won’t be tested on the defensive side until Week 11 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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