Originally posted on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 9/16/13

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
With the Patriots offense not meshing as well as they would have hoped, it has been the defense that has been a pleasant surprise. Throughout the first couple games of the season, the defense has come through in the clutch and has arguably out-performed the Tom Brady led offense. Granted Brady doesn't have much talent around him, but that is still saying a lot since the defense has been the weakness of this team for years. This year seems different so far though. In the first game against the Buffalo Bills, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was having his way with the Pats D until it was crunch time, when the defense dug their heels in and secured the W. In this past week's ugly win against the New York Jets, you can tell it was a defensive battle strictly by the score, 13-10. Brady and the new WR's lack of chemistry continued, whereas the defense seemed to have the Jets' number since the first play. So, will the team continue to rely on their defense to keep stepping up? Is that ...
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