Down the stretch of the season, the Patriot defense has been brilliant. Some may disagree, but let me explain. When Colvin went down in the Eagle game, the following week the defense struggled mightily making the transition. Baltimore ran with great success at a front 7 that seemed clumsy with run fits and played uninspired football until crunch time. Then something interesting happened. Pittsburgh scored 13 points vs the Pats, a season low (discounting the 3-0 slop fest vs Miami at Heinz field). The Jets score 3 points vs the Pat D, a season low (the other 7 were scored on a blocked punt return TD) Miami scored 7 points, a season low (discounting the 3-0 slopfest at Pittsburgh with rookie Beck at QB). Jacksonville averaging 34+ points per game over the previous 7 weeks, scored 20 points, its lowest total in 12 weeks. SD scored 12 points, its season low. The only exception to this pattern was the 38-35 Giant game. Leading into that game the Giant offense had no identity. Manning had played 2 of the worst games by a Qb you will ever see vs Washington and Buffalo, in terrible weather. He was so bad vs Buffalo (fumbling 5 times and throwing 2 picks) that the Giants simply abandoned the pass and threw only 2 times in the 2nd half. IMO BB guessed wrong on Manning and the Giants leading into that game. The Pats players were probably rolling on the floor laughing after watching tape of Eli's previous 2 games. They came in with no respect for the Giant passing game, and were ambushed by Manning's sudden effectiveness in decent weather conditions. Also, that was the 1st week Plaxico Burress was able to practice since his preseason ankle injury, and he played much better than he had in months. Rookie TE Kevin Boss was an unknown quantity at that point, and snuck through the Pat D for a TD. Steve Smith had yet to be integrated into the passing game after his injury, but made key catches on the final drive. All of these factors contributed to the Pats D being unprepared for many of the Giants' key offensive personnel and plays of that game. This will definitely not happen again. With 4 weeks of tape on the "new" Giant offense the Pats have ample material to breakdown recent tendencies. Next Sunday, we will witness a stellar defensive effort by the overlooked Patriot D, which held 5 of its last 6 opponents to season low point totals.