Some of you may be shaking your heads or have a confused look on your face, but the Patriots' defense is a viable low-end defense that you can start most weeks.
They have Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork on the line to stop the run and plug the holes. In the line backing corps they have Jerod Mayo who is looking to have a career season and step up and lead the defense.
There is also Brandon Spikes who will be a force against the run, and Gary Guyton who is great in coverage. The pass rush will be provided by Banta-Cain and Derrick Burgess who got three of his five sacks last season in the final four weeks, a sign he was starting to get comfortable in the defense.
The shining star of the Pats D at the moment, though, is definitely the secondary with Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather leading the way. Add to him Leigh Bodden and great depth at corner and safety and you have a recipe for not giving up many big plays and making a few big plays themselves.
Also add in the special teams points which Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate may bring in and you could be talking about even more points.
One more plus is the Patriots' schedule. They only play a small amount of true powerhouse offenses that can score on anybody in the Colts, Chargers, Vikings, and the Packers. On top of that they play a lot of terrible offensive teams such as the Bills (x2), Browns, and the Lions.
Projected Stats: 38 sacks, 20 interceptions, three TD's, one Return TD.