+/- Turnovers for Patriots 2003 = + 17 2004 = +9 2005 = -6 2006 = -3 3rd % (Conversions Allowed) for Patriots 2003 = 34.5 % 2004 = 38.8 % 2005 = 42 % 2006 = 48.3 % (stats from nfl.com) Anyone notice a problem here ? While the defense is off to a pretty good start as far as run D and getting sacks, the downward trend continues for making big plays on Defense. Turnovers and making stops on 3rd down are the definition of making big plays on Defense. The D is, and probably will always be solid as long as Belichick is here, but the big game changing plays that were the hallmark of the championship teams seem to have gone missing. Specifcally the problem seems to be in the defensive backfield as the Patriots are near the top of the league this year in rushing 3rd down conversions and rushing yards allowed. Those 3rd downs are being converted by passing. The Patriots are near the top of the league in sacks so pressure is not the problem. The Patriots are not causing fumbles or INT's, and turnovers more than anything can determine the outcome of successfull team. Is this a result of losing Romeo Crennel and personnel changes ? The Patriots D better get this fixed quick as this deficiency has yet to rear it's head, but the long term trend is not good. I am optimistic about this years team but these stats set off a reason for concern. Maybe the ball just isn't bouncing the right way.