ProFootballFocus have released their "Team of the Month" for September and three members of your 4-0 Patriots have made it.
PFF certainly thinks highly of the Patriots offensive tackles, as Sebastian Vollmer got an honorable mention to go with Nate Solder's presence on the team. Here's what Ben Stockwell had to say about Solder and his excellent +13.2 grade.
Solder wins out a tight race at left tackle with improvement every week in pass protection surrendering only one hurry on 74 pass blocks in the last two games.The other two Patriots to appear on the list come from the defense, as both Aqib Talib and Devin McCourty make the cut for September. According to PFF, Talib has only allowed six receptions on the season while intercepting four and defending another three of the 20 passes thrown his way so far. Quarterback's have a miserable 24.8 passer rating when throwing at Talib, who grades out at +6.3 by PFF's criteria.
Despite those eye-popping numbers, it's McCourty who has the higher grade at +7.1. Bill Belichick isn't the only one lauding McCourty, as Stockwell writes the following on the fourth year safety's performance:
There wasn’t a more consistent defender last season than Devin McCourty and he has started this season in the same vein with not a single negative game grade in run defense or coverage in the first month of the season.Good stuff so far, but the Patriots will need these guys to continue to excel with Cincinnati and New Orleans coming up on the schedule. For reference sake, Bengals corner Leon Hall also made the PFF team as a slot corner, with defensive end Michael Johnson getting an honorable mention.