One area where the Patriots have improved on defense this season is against deep passes. It was a major problem last season, with the Patriots giving up 74 pass plays of 20 yards or more. This year? Only 50, through 15 games.
“We’ve certainly put a lot of time and work into it,” coach Bill Belichick said. “It could definitely be better, but it hasn’t been anywhere close to the issue it was last year, thank God.
“Obviously the players are doing a good job, but we’ve spent a lot of time on the deep part of the field because it’s so critical. Hopefully we can continue to play fairly well back there, because it’s just so important.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.