While their 5-3 record indicates the Patriots have some holes, this team could very well be 8-0 if not for a few fourth-quarter lapses.
As the offense continues to put up huge numbers, the defense has had its moments of brilliance and embarrassment.
After dedicating six draft choices to the defense, the results have been mixed.
First-rounders Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower have been as advertised, with both players demonstrating the physical skills and motor necessary to being future Pro Bowlers.
Tavon Wilson, a surprise second-round choice, has displayed a knack for making plays (three interceptions), but has also given up his share of big plays.
Although the pass defense continues to plague this team, the run defense has been sensational due to the emergence of Brandon Spikes and the consistency of former first-rounder Jerod Mayo.
Through eight games, the Patriots have the league’s stingiest run defense, surrendering a league-low 3.5 yards p...