How much credit does Pats D deserve for win?

How much credit does Pats D deserve for win?
September 13, 2013, 1:45 am
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"Chandler Jones is coming into his own," says Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.

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Usually allowing 10 points in a contest in today's NFL is a significant achievement, with passing games and offenses the ones being the greatest beneficiaries of recent rules changes.

But against a Jets squad with a rookie quarterback, a very shallow amount of quality wide receiver play and a mediocre running game (in a heavy rain for most of the contest no less), the impressiveness of that feat wears off rather quickly.

Still, does that mean this defensive effort from the Patriots was rather average?

For Mike Flynn, the answer is absolutely not.

"I think they played well. You look at the one drive, of course Geno Smith gave them three throws, but they were in position, pressured the quarterback," Flynn said. "I was a little concerned that [the Jets] ran out of their base offense against the Patriots base defense. I didn't think they could do that, I thought they were going to have to go to the nickel to be effective, but…they won the game, I think they won the game."