New England Defense Still in Need of Improvement

-Ben Babcock

The New England Patriots defense only allowed fourteen points in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week five of the 2017 season. This is the least they have given up to a team this season. While it may be a slight improvement on the past four games, they have still yet to hold an opposing quarterback to less than three hundred yards passing. They are currently giving up 447.2 yards of scrimmage per game, which just so happens to be the worst in the league. The Patriots may have had their best defensive game in terms of points allowed, but the Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston had his worst completion percentage so far this season of 56.5% and still threw for 334 yards.The Buccaneers kicker Nick Folk also had easily the worst performance by a kicker so far this season going 0/3 on his attempts. If Folk makes those, the outcome of the game becomes very different and the Bucs come away with the home victory and hand New England their third loss of the year. The Patriots still have a long way to go defensively this season if they hope to make it anywhere in the postseason.

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