Being a defensive back in the NFL can be a fairly thankless job. That is unless a cornerback gets a cool nickname like Neon Deion or Revis Island. Or unless they keep telling everyone they’re the best until the general populace finally takes notice and believes it like Mr. “U Mad” himself Richard Sherman. In New England when defensive backs are noticed it’s usually not for good reasons. They’re typically getting burned down the sidelines missing a tackle or arriving late on a pass in the middle of the field. On Sunday however the Patriots’ defensive backs were mostly invisible.

And that’s a good thing. There were five plays when their performance stood out. Two of them were forced fumbles by Kyle Arrington the defensive star of the game one was a just-missed interception by Alfonzo Dennard and two were Buffalo touchdowns. Those plays just go to show that no matter how good a defensive backfield can be they’ll never be perfect. That’s the way NFL rules are set up in today’s game.

The first negative play appeared to be miscommunication between Aqib Talib and Steve Gregory that left Robert Woods wide open in the end zone. The other was a strike from EJ Manuel to Stevie Johnson in the left corner of the endzone where Arrington couldn’t keep up and Devin McCourty arrived late. Outside of those two 18-yard touchdowns the only two scores New England’s defense let up all game the Patriots’ secondary allowed just three catches on eight targets for 21 yards to wide receivers. Dennard Arrington Talib McCourty and Gregory were on the top of their game. Logan Ryan looked good in limited snaps in dime as well. It was much of the same that we saw from the New England secondary during preseason. This strong play dates back to last season as well. The Patriots secondary is mostly viewed as a joke around NFL circles but that theory will be outdated before long. With a full offseason in the system Talib should be one of the best cover corners in the NFL. Dennard looked as good as ever playing man coverage across the field from Talib. He missed the whole offseason but it didn’t look like it affected his game at all.