Despite Woes Patriots Defense Still Creates Turnovers
We all have our feelings on the Patriots defense, especially the secondary and the gaping amount of yardage they yield. But as a whole the New England defensive unit is among the league leaders in turnover ratio.
They came into the Week 7 matchup with the New York Jets tied for first with a plus 10. The offense had given up 3 INT and 3 fumbles, while the defense had 6 INTs and 10 fumble recoveries.
After Sunday they now sit at plus 11 in the giveaway/takeaway stat after recovering 1 of 3 Jets fumbles and having rookie CB Alfonzo Dennard get his first NFL INT off of Mark Sanchez deep in the red zone.
Last season the Patriots finished 3rd in the NFL in turnover differential with a plus 17. That mark led the AFC and trailed only San Francisco (plus 28) and Green Bay (plus 24). The plus 17 they had in 2011 was 10 more than the next closest AFC team, which was Houston who finished at plus 7.
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