Patriots defense

Dont'a Hightower
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Ryan Hannable
August 15, 2019 - 8:03 am
NASHVILLE — Each step of the way this summer, the Patriots defense has answered the call. It clearly was the superior unit over the first week of practices at Gillette Stadium against the offense. One of the highlights was stopping Tom Brady and Co. on three straight plays from the two-yard line in...
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Jim Hackett
May 16, 2019 - 7:53 am
So old friend Jamie Collins is returning to the Patriots this year, adding another ball-hawking playmaker to their Super Bowl winning defense. While many people are wondering about the offense, specifically integrating the new receivers into the passing game and how to replace Gronk and his...
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New England Patriots defensive lineman Trey Flowers
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Ryan Hannable
January 27, 2019 - 8:29 pm
Even though the Patriots have allowed an average of 29.5 points in the two playoff games, it can still be argued that the defensive unit has carried them into Super Bowl LIII. Just look at how the defense performed in the first half of both playoff games. Against the Chargers, the Patriots led 35-7...
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Marvin Jones
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John Tomase
September 25, 2018 - 2:19 pm
Tedy Bruschi knows football, so when the former Patriots linebacker suggests the stat that he thinks best captures the struggles of the Patriots defense, it's worth paying notice. In a Twitter post on Tuesday afternoon, Bruschi laid out that stat: defensive yards after contact. And surprise,...
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Ryan Hannable
November 29, 2017 - 11:16 pm
FOXBORO — Remember how bad the Patriots defense was after Week 4? The unit was ranked dead last in the NFL in total defense and was second-to-last in points allowed, allowing an average of 32 points per game. What a difference eight weeks makes, as although the unit still ranks 30th in total...
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Ryan Hannable
November 21, 2017 - 10:38 am
Remember at the end of September when it seemed like the sky was falling in New England with the Patriots following a 2-2 start and more specifically the poor play from the defense? Well, now at the end of November the Patriots have won six straight games and the defense is playing like one of the...
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Ryan Hannable
November 14, 2017 - 10:37 am
There’s no question the Patriots defense has gotten better over the course of the year and deserves credit for the dramatic improvement. Over the first four weeks, the Patriots defense was ranked dead last in the NFL allowing an average of 32 points per game, but in the five games since, the...
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Ryan Hannable
September 25, 2017 - 11:06 pm
The Patriots defense should be buying Tom Brady dinner every night this week — or at least a few extra servings of avocado ice cream. Without Brady’s magical 75-yard, game-winning touchdown drive with 2:24 left on the clock to steal the win against the Texans on Sunday, the theme of the week would...
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Ryan Hannable
September 19, 2017 - 9:41 am
Even though it’s been two weeks, for the Patriots medical staff it must seem like an entire season with all the injuries it has had to deal with since the preseason. New England went into Sunday’s game without Dont’a Hightower (knee), Danny Amendola (head/knee), Matthew Slater (hamstring), Vincent...
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Ryan Hannable
September 18, 2016 - 2:29 pm
[caption id="attachment_111471" align="alignright" width="400"] Ryan Tannehill torched the Patriots defense in the second half. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)[/caption] FOXBORO -- While the Patriots picked up their second win of the season Sunday, it certainly wasn't the team's best effort...
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