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The Patriots are riding the zero blitz to a defensively dominant start

The New England Patriots are off to arguably their most dominant start to a season on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive unit has yet to allow a touchdown, and they’re coming off a week in which they allowed just 105 total offensive yards to another professional football team, albeit the New York Jets. Ever since their defensive masterpiece in the Super Bowl victory over the mighty Rams just seven months ago, the Patriots’ defense has looked absolutely impenetrable.

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The biggest reason for the Patriots’ defensive dominance to start this season is the coverage ability of the defensive backfield. In fact, the Patriots are the only team with an elite team coverage grade this season (90.9), with the next closest team being the 49ers with a mark of 83.6.

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