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Pats surrendering big plays nothing new

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2012 – 10:18 am

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com this morning, the Patriots are worst in the league in giving up pass plays of 20 yards or more. They’ve surrendered an astounding 42 in eight games. Seven of those were made by the Bills in Week 4, four of which went for touchdowns. But apparently this is not a new problem for New England’s pass defense.

In 2011 New England was also dead last in allowing passes for over 20 yards surrendering 79 such plays. The difference was last year only four of those plays went for touchdowns. This year 10 of the 42 big pass play given up by New England have gone for six.

Boston Globe reporter Shalise Manza Young found that when the Patriots give up a 20-plus yard pass play this season on a drive, that drive translates into points for their opponent 87 percent of the time. Crazy.


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