The New England Patriots have scored 99 points this year, the second-most behind the Los Angeles Rams, and allowed 95 points, the worst mark in the league. They boast the best passing attack in the league and the worst passing defense. It’s like 2011 all over again.
And the Patriots are actually more unique than that Super Bowl year. They’ve become the 6th team in NFL history to both score and allow 95 points through three games, joining 2012 Washington, the 2002 Buffalo Bills, the 1994 Patriots, the 1986 Miami Dolphins, and the 1967 New York Giants. Washington and the Patriots reached the postseason with 10-6 records, while the Bills, Dolphins, and Giants all finished the season exactly .500.
The 194 combined points in the 2017 Patriots games makes for exciting games and is tied for the 14th-most in NFL history through three games, with the most recent teams ranking ahead of the Patriots behind the 2016 Falcons (104 for, 91 against) and the 2013 Broncos (127 for, 71 against). Not terrible company.
With teams like the Buccaneers, Falcons, Broncos, Raiders, and Steelers coming up on the schedule, there could be a lot more high scoring affairs on the horizon, and the Patriots’ ability to score 33 against the Houston Texans defense is a good sign that New England will be able to put points up against most teams.
If anything, fantasy football players should probably invest heavily in the New England receivers because the Patriots are going to be throwing the football a lot if the defense struggles to maintain leads and if the running game fails to develop.
And maybe the 2011 Patriots aren’t even a good…
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