Patriots' revitalized pass defense

How far can New England go with its improved pass defense?

Updated: October 13, 2013, 11:06 PM ET
By Matt Williamson | ESPN Insider

TalibAP Photo/Elise AmendolaAqib Talib had another great game on Sunday against New Orleans.

On Sunday, we all got to witness a fantastic game between two of the NFL's powerhouse teams in the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots. Tom Brady connected with Kenbrell Thompkins in the end zone in dramatic fashion to seal the victory and propel New England to 5-1, putting them on pace for yet another AFC East title.

For the majority of the game, Brady was brilliant, and although blitz pickup and protection as a whole was a big problem (as well as drops by his receivers), the Patriots offense scored 30 points against a vastly improved New Orleans defense. Rob Gronkowski should be back before long and the young wide receivers are only getting better. But lost in Brady's last-minute heroics is the job New England's defense did on Drew Brees.

How improved is this defense and how far can it carry the Patriots?


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