The New England Patriots are ascending defensively.
New England stymied the Buffalo Bills offense holding the unit to just three points. Patriots coach Bill Belichick commented on his emerging defense following the 23-3 win.
“Defensively, any time you can hold a team to three points, you feel pretty good about that,” Belichick said, per Mike Reiss of ESPN. “This is just one of those games where you have to grind it out against a tough football team on the road. I thought our guys did that, all 46 of them. Everybody needed to step in there and hold part of the load. and they did.”
The Patriots have allowed 11.87 points per game during their eight-game winning streak. Sunday’s defensive performance was highlight by defensive end Eric Lee who was all over he field.
Lee compiled 4 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 interception in the win. He’s now amassed 8 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 interception since the Patriots picked him up off Buffalo’s practice squad on Nov. 22.
“He’s worked really hard,” Belichick said of Lee, via Doug Kyed of NESN. “From the first day he got here, he came early, stayed late, asked a lot of good questions. He’s smart. He picks things up well.
“He’s a sharp kid. He works hard and he’s got good skills. He’s long, and he’s got good power, and he can run.”
Once again, it looks like Belichick’s found a productive player who fits their system. The first-year linebacker is making an impact right away for a steadily improving defense.