Ok, I think the NFL defensive ranking is BS and it is only week 2 (and the Pats haven't faced the best offenses in the league), but the Pats have the second ranked defense in the NFL. They are 4th in points allowed. The Pats are 9th in third down percentage by the opposing team. They are fifth in yards allowed per play. They are tied for 8th with fewest passing plays over 20 yards allowed. Again it is early, but we second to last in yards allowed and last in passing plays over 20 yards allowed last year. It is a significant improvement on that side of the ball.