Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Pats' second-half surges tied to defense
In a column posted to ESPNBoston.com, Jackie MacMullan notes a trend that has developed over the past three seasons that's difficult to ignore. The Patriots have posted a perfect 21-0 record in the second half of the season since 2010.
Patriots' defense since 2010
1st half of season
2nd half of season
Opp Total YPG
Opp Pass YPG
Opp Rush YPG
Opp Total QBR
68.6 (30th in NFL)
37.4 (2nd in NFL)
Not coincidentally, as the team peaks in the final weeks, the defense's performance improves significantly, and the proof is in the numbers.
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 drops to 37.4, or second-best in the league.