After two wins by a combined five points, the New England Patriots are hoping to get the same type of contributions from their defense on Sunday versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
However, the defense has not gone up against any offensive powerhouses yet, as in the first two games the Patriots’ defense faced rookie quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith.
Glenn Ordway, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie talked on New England Tailgate how fortunate the defense has been thus far.
“You get a little bit of confidence from that kind of defense, regardless you’re still playing in the NFL,” DeOssie said. “You try to move forward each week and get a little bit better. They have been very fortunate with the quarterbacks they’ve faced.”
Ordway said he feels the Patriots’ defense still has to prove themselves against one of the upper-echelon quarterbacks in the NFL.
“I think a big part of this, and people looking at the defense, is the defense has been so much better than the offense,” Ordway said. “But, I’m not convinced yet, that this defense can do it against real good quarterbacks. As I said, the schedule makers have been kind to them. They have gotten two guys that have very little experience and now [Josh] Freeman who seems to have taken two steps back.”