Not too long ago the Pats were ridiculed for having a very old, very slow defense. So the past year-plus they've almost completely overhauled the D, with just a few exceptions, and now they sport one of the youngest defensive units in the entire league (last 3 weeks they've started four rookies on D: Deadrick, Cunningham, Spikes, McCourty). First 3 games: - ppg allowed: 27.3 - ypg allowed: 379.3 - turnovers created: 4 (1.3 per game) Last 4 games: - ppg allowed: 18.0 - ypg allowed: 387.5 - turnovers created: 9 (2.3 per game) Not saying that they're a dominant unit yet, but that's some pretty good improvement. And their four opponents rank as follows, from an offensive standpoint: - Miami (#13) - Baltimore (#14) - San Diego (#1) - Minnesota (#18) Avg rank: 11.5. So they've improved while facing pretty good offenses. It'll be interesting to see what they can do against Pittsburgh and Indianapolis. But they're young, improving, and potentially on their way to being a great defense. Let's hope!