It is just a preseason game but from what we saw last night, the defense has improved quite a bit.
Sure, facing a rookie quarterback in his first NFL game action helps, but the defense did not allow a single touchdown, holding the Jaguars offense to four field goals. They also held the Jaguars to just 3-of-13 on third-down conversions.
The front seven was able to put pressure on the quarterback as well with a total of four sacks.
Linebackers Tracy White and Dane Fletcher led the team in tackles with six each and wide receiver Buddy Farnham had the teams lone interception.
The Patriots also got away from their usual base 3-4 defense and used a 4-3 for most of the game. This could turn out to be a good thing, as Albert Haynesworth refused to play in a 3-4 scheme in Washington.
One of the biggest weaknesses of the 2010 Patriots, last night gave hope that the defense could be much better when the regular season rolls around in a month.