331 331 336 344 344 These are the final points against for 5 teams, some are perceived to be great defenses, some are perceived to be poor defenses, believe it or not, The GREAT Houston Defense, gave up 331 points this year, so did the Horrendous Pat's D (being sarcastic). The Great Baltimore D gave up 344, so did the Great NY Giants D. The Horrendous Green Bay Packers D gave up 336, which was less than Baltimore and the Giants, and ONLY 5 points more than the GREAT Texans D. It's funny how some things are perceived in the NFL. Perception: The Pats and Packers can score a ton of points, but their defenses are so horrible they can't stop anyone. Yet the Texans and Ravens are the next Steel Curtains. I just find it very interesting. Perception: The Pat's Defense was WAY better in the 2nd half of the season. Truth, The Pats only gave up 9 more points in the first half of the season (170 points) as opposed to the second half (161 points). I will say this though, the first half of the season, the Pats only held opponents under 20 points 2 times, while in the second half of the season, they did it 5 times, including 5 out of the last 6 games, so I will agree with the perception that the Pat's D was better in the second half of the season. Offensively, the Pats averaged 4 points more per game in the second half of the season (36.9 to 32.8). That's a neat fact. Step it up offensively, shut it down defensively, gives me a lot of hope. Final note, a painful one, the Pats lost 4 games by a combined 11 points (2.75 per loss). Wow, a couple of field goals or TD's here and there away from 13-3, 14-2, 15-1 or 16-0.