Fans of the National Football League (NFL) know that offense is important, but defense wins games. The New England Patriots, the current Super Bowl Champions, have been an offensive powerhouse for the past decade or so, the years in which future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has been calling signals and throwing touchdown passes.
The current 2015-2016 Season has been no exception. Brady and his teammates have been scoring points in bunches and, in the process, have steamrolled many of the squads that have lined up against them. However, over the first eight games of this football year, the team’s defense has become a major contributor, too.
So, while Brady and receivers like Rob Gronkowski, “Gronk,” have been reaching the opposing end zone with regularity, New England’s defense has been formidable in keeping the team’s foes from matching the Patriots touchdown for touchdown.
Team statistics tell the story. New England’s surprisingly effective defense ranks in the “top ten” in a number of categories. For instance, the Patriots have been allowing just 17.88 points per game, a number that makes this squad fifth best in points allowed in the entire league.
Additionally, New England’s stout defensive line has been holding opposing running backs to just 88.00 rushing yards per game, a number that puts this group in an “elite” class.
There are other statistics that prove the Patriots now have a superior defense to complement their “world class” offense. For instance, the squad from the northeast has been forcing 1.50 turnovers per game (interceptions and fumbles), allows fewer than two hundred forty-five passing yards per game and gives up a meager 5.19 yards per play.
The average yards given up per play among all NFL teams is 5.56, a figure that is nearly half a yard greater than what New England allows its opponents.
Clearly, the New England Patriots, under the capable leadership of Head Coach Bill Belichick, have become “the team to beat” in the National Football League this year. In truth, this squad has been “top dog” almost every season over the past decade, but, because it now has a dominant defense, New England is likely to find that few opponents will be able to score enough points to beat them.
It’s an enviable position to be in and the Patriots are probably looked at by analysts as the favorite to win the Super Bowl. It makes sense, of course, because they can – and do – score thirty points or more in most games.
But, this season, opponents have been unable to score as much as twenty points per game. The numbers tell the story. If a team scores thirty points or more per game, but its opponents score twenty points or less per game, the outcome is never in doubt.
The fact is that the New England Patriots, currently unbeaten, may stay that way throughout the regular season, perhaps through the playoffs, as well.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report