|1st half of season||2nd half of season|
|Opp Total YPG||390.8||381.5|
|Opp Pass YPG||288.0||264.3|
|Opp Rush YPG||102.8||117.2|
|Opp Total QBR||68.6
(30th in NFL)
(2nd in NFL)
Not coincidentally, as the team peaks in the final weeks, the defense's performance improves significantly.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, since 2010, opposing quarterbacks in the first half of the season registered a Total QBR of 68.6 against the Patriots, which left New England ranked 30th in the NFL.
But, in a dramatic turnaround, the Total QBR for opposing quarterbacks over the second half of the season dropped to 37.4, or second-best in the league.
Total QBR is a rating that summarizes all of the quarterback's contributions (passing, rushing, fumbles, sacks and penalties) into a 0-100 scale in which 50 is average.
Hmm, maybe this defense was never as bad as a few of you have made it out to be.