Patriots' defense by the numbers
Through three games Three-and-out with Patriots DL Mike Wright_547, the Patriots are 2-1, but it's looking like they will need to win shootout after shootout to make the playoffs this season. Here's a look, by the numbers Patriots' free-agency preview_946, at how bad their defense has been so far:
260.3 — Passing yards allowed per game UGG Classic Short Støvler 5825, ranking them 25th in the NFL. In 2005, the Pats finished the season giving up an average of 231.4 passing yards per game. That mark was their highest under head coach Bill Belichick since he took over in 2000.
82 — Points the Patriots have given up through three games — or 27.3 per game. They are 28th in the league in that category. In 2005, Belichick's defense gave up 67 points through its first three games, making this stretch the most points given up to open the season through three weeks since 2000.
71 — Completion percentage on third down by opposing quarterbacks this season. Carson Palmer ugg hjemmesko, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick have combined to complete 22-of-31 passes for 236 yards and three TDs when they have thrown on third down against the Patriots.
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