Over the last three seasons, pass defense has been the weak link for the New England Patriots. No other NFL team gave up more 20-plus passing plays in that span, with the Pats consistently near the bottom of the league in total passing yards allowed and ranked third-worst in yards per pass. However, the Pats' defense had its best season against the run in nearly a decade in 2012, but that couldn't save New England from another disappointing ending. In a passing league, a stout run defense doesn't matter if a team can't stop an aerial assault. In 2013, the Patriots' defensive paradigm has quickly, and completely, shifted.
Can the New England Patriots Overcome Inability to Stop the Run on Defense?
Bleacher Report | Nov 15