Advanced stats show how much Patriots' pass defense has improved
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Throughout every season in any sport, teams experience ups and downs.
We all know that story when it comes to the New England Patriots’ defense over the last few years. However, recent stats have shown that the team’s pass defense has been on an upward trend since this season’s bye week in Week 12.
Over the last seven games, the Patriots’ pass defense is second in completion percentage and first in the tight window percentage, average separation and pressure rate categories.
The Patriots pass defense has been one of the best units in the NFL since returning from their bye in Week 12.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 16, 2019
The @Patriots have forced the highest rate of tight window throws and have generated the highest rate of pressure against opposing quarterbacks.#NEvsKC | #GoPats pic.twitter.com/uqHf8G4WKy
This is good news heading into the AFC Championship against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. After frustrating Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers throughout last week’s game with two sacks and an interception, New England will have to bring that same pressure if they hope to get the win and move onto the Super Bowl.
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