Win doesn't quiet critics of defense

Despite the win, and 3-1 record, fans still have plenty of questions about the Patriots

Updated: October 4, 2011, 11:39 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

This week's Patriots mailbag has a defensive flavor to it. The main questions are what happens in the absence of injured linebacker Jerod Mayo, and if there is any hope for the defense to improve later in the season.

The Patriots have raised the bar over the last decade. While many clubs would be thrilled to be 3-1 at this time, some followers view the team's start in a negative light, mainly because the defense is giving up yardage at a record clip.

Clearly, the Patriots' past success ...

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