Phil Perry's Patriots Report Card: Bill Belichick's defense out of sync vs. Texans

Phil Perry's Patriots Report Card: Bill Belichick's defense out of sync vs. Texans

Aside from one horrendous game against Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, the Patriots defense has been rolling this season.

In the first 11 games of the year, New England had allowed a grand total of four touchdown passes... and then Deshaun Jackson was a part four all by himself Sunday night (three passing, one receiving).

How were the Texans able to expose the normally staunch Patriots D? And why wasn't the offense able to shake out of its funk against a Houston defense that had issues of its own in 2019?

Phil Perry breaks down the Xs and Os of the Patriots' 28-22 Week 13 loss.

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Patriots Report Card: Another dominant effort for defense, special teams vs. Eagles

Patriots Report Card: Another dominant effort for defense, special teams vs. Eagles

After giving up a demoralizing 95-yard touchdown drive, Sunday looked like it could be another long day for the Patriots defense.

But New England was able to rebound from that early punch and shut Carson Wentz and Co. down after that score, shutting them out for the rest of the game.

Combined with a great outing from the Pats' special teams, two-thirds of the team turned in a performance worthy of high grades in Phil Perry's weekly Patriots report card.

... And then there's the offense. N'Keal Harry made his NFL debut and Julian Edelman threw a nifty TD strike to Phillip Dorsett, but that's about all the highlights for an offensive unit still looking to find its groove.

How does all of that translate into grades?

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Phil Perry's Midseason Report Card: Patriots protection has been better than you think

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Phil Perry's Midseason Report Card: Patriots protection has been better than you think

Go ahead and ask the players in the Patriots locker room as to whether or not they appreciated the timing of this season's bye week. They'll tell you it was just about perfect. 

Seven games left. As many as 11 games total remaining, if you include the postseason. It's midseason. Almost exactly midseason. If you include the preseason, when many of the rostered players played three games, this break comes 12 games in. 

It's just about the perfect time for players and coaches to rest. It's just about the perfect time to make improvements. And it's just about the perfect time for us to take a big-picture look at how each of the team's position groups are performing.