NFL Playoff Predictions: 5 Reasons Patriots' Defense Hinders Super Bowl Chances

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NFL Playoff Predictions: 5 Reasons Patriots' Defense Hinders Super Bowl Chances
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Defense wins championships.

Fortunately for the New England Patriots, this mantra has become somewhat obsolete in today's pass-happy, offense-driven NFL.

However, there is still some modicum of truth to it.

Of the past 10 Super Bowl winners, only three of them have not had a defense ranked in the top ten—the '01 Patriots, '06 Indianapolis Colts and '09 New Orleans Saints.

While the Patriots can find hope in those numbers, they shouldn't find comfort in being in the minority either.

Indeed, employing a French-like defensive philosophy by surrendering 412 yards per game may work against the Tyler Palko-led Kansas City Chiefs, but it will prove fatal against the blitzkrieg of a championship-caliber offense.

Yes, the Patriots have their own championship-caliber offense to match, but is it enough to cover up for the defense's foibles?

Perhaps. But there is also reason to believe that the defense may cause the wheels to come off the Patriots' drive to the Super Bowl.

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