TOP TEN DEFENSE- As a team they rank #1 in three important categories: Points scored (15.6 points per game), rushing big plays (32) and opponent scoring efficiency (28.3%). When it comes to passing big plays, the Patriots' defense drops off a bit, yet remains in the top ten with 27 big plays given up.
Looking at the biggest runs given up by the Patriots this season, here are some pretty amazing observations. In total they have only given up 3 rushes which were greater than 20 yards. Two of those were against the Bills heading into the bye week, while the other was opening night against the Cardinals. Quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Colin Kaepernick both had their teams only rushes for double digits. In the 10 games since the by week, the Patriots have only given up 8 runs which were ten yards or more.
If you think the Patriots are suddenly going to get torched by Matt Ryan with a big play today, I think you are completely mistaken.