The last time the New England Patriots won the AFC East was the 2019 season. Come 2021, week 11, the New England Patriots have taken control of the AFC East. The Patriots are on a five game winning streak, first in the AFC East and were able to rebuild the team without Tom Brady. Quite impressive, seeing as the last 20 years in New England, the entire dynasty was built around Brady. The Patriots have been able to dominate teams on offense but specifically defense, which is what makes the team scary.
A New Era?
The New England Patriots are on a five game win streak, with a total average of 35 points scored to an allowed 10 points. Their defense is ranked third according to ESPN on yards allowed per game. To add onto their defense, Matthew Judon, who has 10.5 sacks, third most in the NFL, as well as J.C. Jackson with six interceptions, second most in the NFL. This Patriots defense has been a huge part in how they have won games, allowing zero points against the Atlanta Falcons, only seven against a Cleveland Browns team who had just dominated the Cincinnati Bengals. Now defense has been a key to this team but the offense deserves credit as well.
Mac Jones, rookie quarterback for the New England Patriots has been able to manage and play smart football. Jones has a 70.2 completion percentage, and a passer rating of 94.7. Jones may not throw long 24/7, but that’s part of playing smart football, he doesn’t always have to force it long to make plays. What has made the New England Patriots a threat to the AFC is consistency, something that seems to be lacking in the AFC. Now the Patriots still have two matchups against the Buffalo Bills, which if they can win one of those matchups, they will be in great position when it comes down to playoffs. The Patriots are a playoff team, they may not have Tom Brady but what they do have is a great defense and a smart young quarterback who doesn’t seem to be afraid of the spotlight or the fact that he has some shoes to fill. This Patriots team looks fresh and if they can stay healthy, they’ll be a pretty dangerous team in years to come as well.