Originally written on Patriots Extra  |  Last updated 12/2/12
Has the New England defense turned the corner or is this still a unit that should worry Pats fans? Jason:  You can still count me as concerned. The defense has been staked to early leads in the past two weeks and benefitted from several gift-wrapped turnovers, so we haven't seen what they can do in a close game when the pressure is really on and the other team isn't making awful mistakes. At best, the defense is still a huge question mark, but I suppose that is an improvement over what I would have called them a few weeks ago. Stephen:  The defense is no longer a nightmare, but it's still far from a strength. Overall the Patriots have limited the big plays that killed them early in the season, but the pass rush has still been suspect. Besides Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, it's been almost nonexistent. With Jermaine Cunningham out for the next four games (suspension), it could become an even bigger issue. Luckily the play of Brandon Spikes and Jerod Mayo has been fantasti...
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