FOXBOROUGH – There are a number of points that football coaches and players emphasize every week. Ball security. Knowing the opponent. Individual assignments coming together for a team goal.
Turnovers also are emphasized every week. To the Patriots’ defense, who had gone more than two games without forcing one, takeaways became overemphasized prior to the team’s game at Baltimore.
All that attention must have worked, because turnovers played a big role in the Patriots’ 41-7 win over the Ravens on Sunday, a day in which they became AFC East champions for the fifth straight season. The defense picked off Ravens quarterbacks three times, and also recovered a fumble. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.