New England Patriots: 5 Reasons to Not Panic About the Defense

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New England Patriots: 5 Reasons to Not Panic About the Defense
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What’s starting to emerge from the dust after Tom Brady’s jaw-dropping, record-setting performance in the season debut against the Dolphins is the fact that the Patriots defense gave up nearly 500 yards of offense themselves—400 of them coming via Chad Henne and the air.

As a result, some Patriots fans and media pundits are already growing concerned that this is the same Patriots team as last year: great on offense, mediocre on defense.  But in reality, Pats fans should put little stock into the concern about the defense—yet.  Here are five reasons why.

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