Top-unit on defense produces four sacks. After a preseason opener in which the pass rush wasn’t as disruptive as desired, the Patriots swarmed against the Buccaneers, with the tone set by middle linebacker Brandon Spikes on the first play as he charged downhill and steamrolled running back Doug Martin to register a sack. Spikes added a second sack on the Buccaneers’ second drive, while ends Chandler Jones (nice rush against left tackle Donald Penn in which he got low and pushed Penn back) and Rob Ninkovich added sacks. If the pass rush can perform like that during the season, the Patriots’ D could be dangerous. - Reiss
If there was one thing I was looking for, this was it... Hopefully this will become a continuing trend.
Collins is like a safety at the LB spot - he cleans plays up real quick in the intermediate part.
Pass rush with coverage from Collins/Fletcher in the middle - and our secondary playing well and healthy is going to be great.
Is this the first sign of a difference making D? It's only preseason but this is the most encouraging thing I have seen from the D in like 5 years.