Patriots coach Matt Patricia: “I would love to see [Patriots’ defense] be able to get to the quarterback in the second half.”
The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams at preventing turnovers, but in the playoffs, they have only allowed two turnovers in four games.
Coach Bill Belichick wants his defense to play better and he wants to be able do that in the postseason.
“The first part of the season, I thought we were going to be better, but I thought the second part was going to give us a chance,” Belichick said on Thursday.
“So I think that’s what we’re focused on, and I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.
I think the most important thing, if we’re going to get into the playoffs at all, is that we play better than the other teams.
I mean, we’re the best defensive team in the NFL.
We’ve got the best defense in the league, and we’re trying to make them better.
We can be a better team.”
This year’s Patriots have only lost once in their first seven games, which included a 27-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
They’re on a nine-game winning streak.
In their past four games, the Patriots have allowed one turnover in six opportunities.
They’ve also only allowed four touchdown passes in that span.
In the first half, the defense has allowed a league-high five turnovers.
The offense has only allowed seven turnovers in those seven games.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick talks to the media about the win against the Baltimore Colts in Week 1.
The Patriots are averaging a league best 18.3 points per game in the first three games.
They are leading the NFL in points per possession (15.0), yards per play (107.3) and touchdown passes (8).
They’re tied for second in points scored per game (6.0) and have scored at least 25 points in seven consecutive games.
The Colts are averaging only 17.4 points per contest in their past six games.
Indianapolis is on a two-game losing streak.