49ers, Patriots defenses allowing less than 150 passing yards a game

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Not since 1980 has an NFL team made it through a 16-game season while allowing less than 150 passing yards a game. This year, two defenses are on pace to do it.

Through Week Seven, the 49ers’ defense is allowing 133.5 passing yards per game and the Patriots’ defense is allowing 148.4 passing yards per game. That puts the 49ers on pace to allow 2,136 passing yards this season, and the Patriots on pace to allow 2,374 yards this season.

How rare is that? A pace of 150 yards a game would equal 2,400 yards in 16 games. In a 16-game season, no defense has allowed fewer than 2,400 passing yards since 1980. That year, Washington allowed an NFL-best 2,171 passing yards.

Whether the 49ers and Patriots can continue at this pace remains to be seen. It won’t be easy, as both teams face a better schedule of opposing quarterbacks over the next several weeks than they have so far this season. But that they’ve made it this far into the season holding opposing offenses to numbers that look like they’re out of the 1970s is remarkable.

44 responses to “49ers, Patriots defenses allowing less than 150 passing yards a game

  1. “bUT thEy havenT playED anyOne” this is pro football, and on any given sunday, Monday, Thursday or Saturday a team can lose. The fact that both teams defenses are destroying their opponent is impressive. Haters will hate with all their excuses. Fact is, both teams are undefeated no matter what excuse you want to use.

  2. I can’t see any fan that would be excited/confident to play this defense. Lamar Jackson may have the best shot at success because he can play unconventional football and remain productive. But you’d have to score about 30 to beat NE. I’m not sure any team can do both. Score on their Defense while shutting down Tom Brady. That may be too much to ask a 2019/2020 NFL team.

    Devin McCourty should be in the driver seat for DPY

  3. You just okay the schedule u are given, but you must acknowledge the insanely easy schedule these two have had so far and will this year. So far the teams they beat don’t have more than 3 or four wins combined.

  4. Patriots defense isn’t about limiting yards though, its about limiting points. As the caliber of the competition rises you will see them fall in the ranks of Passing Yards allowed.

    The real question is whether or not the “bend don’t break” will continue to not break.

    I’m hoping this extended pre-season will put them in a great position to compete thru the more difficult part of the schedule. Which in turn will hopefully provide the tuning they need to make another deep post season run.

    A good time to be born in the 80s in New England.

  5. Look at the Patriots schedule they haven’t played anybody. Easiest path to Number 1 seed every year.

  6. The most amazing thing about this streak for the 49ers is that they gave up 291 yards passing to the Bengals!

  7. The Cardinals will increase that number in Week 9 by passing for 250-350 yards against Frisco.

  8. And one of them is doing this lead by an elite front line, while the other does it lead by an elite back line (secondary). Taking nothing away from the other great players on these two defenses.

  9. Good job for the 49ers.

    Not for the Patriots. They are always holding on defense while Kraft pays the refs on the sides. Listening to other teams signals and holding on offense and defense is not something to be proud of.

  10. In a modern version of the game where all the rules favour the offenses, and the NFL and modern viewers love and encourage “exciting” 55-52 shootouts, wouldn’t it be amazing if both teams continued their torrid defensive pace and we had a super bowl ruled by elite defensive play?

  11. Mahomes will be back for New England. And the Patriots have Mayfield / OBJ / Landry this week and Watson and Lamar upcoming. Granted, Jackson and Watson tend to run more, but …

    This is so unlike the Patriots D. The D traditionally gives up 500 yards passing and only 16 points and can’t get off the field on 3rd down.

  12. I guess the Patriots finally have what has eluded them for 20 yards — a world class D line– which is what the Giants — even in their mediocre years tend to always have.

  13. Exhibit A…..jets twice dolohins…..washington…..bills……giants,.why are u surprised,they have not played crap!!!!

  14. Have the Pats played a single team over .500 yet? There defense may be great, but it’s also pretty easy to pad your stats when you play against garbage offenses.

    How they drew the easiest schedule in football is beyond me.

  15. LOL. When each team gets to play teams over .500 than I’ll drink some of the Kool-Aid. Understand they can only play what’s on the schedule but really … it’s been a pathetically bad schedule each team has played. 49ers have some tougher ones coming but the Pats as usual have a cupcake run. What a pathetic division.

  16. That record isn’t going to happen for either the Pats or Niners. This isn’t 1980, this is the age of Polian, where you can’t touch receivers and QB’s. What these 2 teams have done thus is remarkable. But not likely sustainable.

    As a Pats fan, I’ll be happy with keeping points off the board, and forgetting about the yards. Defenses have caught up to the offenses to a degree. But now what the Pats are doing will be scrutinized carefully after 7 games. Offenses will catch up the league will demand it.

  17. If both teams finish with the best defenses in the NFL, the 49ers defense will be better by default, if for no other reason than they actually have decent teams in their division.

    Offenses in the NFC West are leaps and bounds better than offenses in the AFC East.

  18. alphadux2u says: Have the Pats played a single team over .500 yet?
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    Bills are 5-1 (their one loss being to Pats), and Big Ben’s Steelers would’ve prob been >500.

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Pats clearly the better D.

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    That’d be your opinion if the Pats had the 32nd ranked defense. Also something about the salary cap

  20. vancouversportsbro says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    Good job for the 49ers.

    Not for the Patriots. They are always holding on defense while Kraft pays the refs on the sides. Listening to other teams signals and holding on offense and defense is not something to be proud of
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    This is the best post. In a World full of hard truths we all need a bit of fiction to get us through the day. You put a smile on my face.

  21. There are worse divisions than the AFC East.

    AFC North
    AFC South
    AFC West
    NFC East

    The bottom of the NFC North is starting to come closer to the AFC East. So let’s see how Detroit and Chicago finish.

    The Patriots sked this year put 4 divisional rivals in the first 7 games. The Miami game, especially early in the year, is usually an L bc of the heat. But they have a first year coach and new set of QBs and traded away two players in Landry and Wake who usually make things hard on the Patriots. The Bills in Orchard Park THIS YEAR could have been an L due to the fact thr Patriot O has not yet found a rhythm or identity this year and the Bills D is world class. And the difference in that game was a blocked punt.

    Pittsburg with Ben under center should have been more competitive but they lost Bell and Brown and Shazier and are still finding THEIR rhythm and identity on O.

    So yes the Patriots caught some breaks unlike in previous years where they got the A game from teams firing on all cylinders and circling the date on the calendar.

  22. tylawspick6 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:35 am
    Pats clearly the better D.

    Look at the amount of turnovers NE has and the points allowed. NE has more of everything, basically.

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    NE has more of a bottom-feeder schedule, that’s for sure.

    Only two teams they’ve played that seem to be half-alive are the Bills (who are decent this year, though their defense is the main reason for that) and maybe the Steelers (verdict still out on them, but definitely not a great offense so far).

    After those two, the collective record of the remaining Pats opponents this year (NYG, NYJ, WAS, and MIA) is 4-22. That’s laughably bad.

  23. Watching the game last night was absurd. Brady had at least 4 feet of clean pocket to sit back there all day and scan the field. Darnold, on the other hand, had unblocked rushers drilling him as he finished dropping back to make his first read. The Patriots are a very good team, based on how they‘ve performed in the playoffs. But the Bills, Dolphins and Jets in the AFC East are far less competitive than the Seahawks, Rams, Cardinals in the NFC West. If the Pats defense can play like this against the Texans and Chiefs with Mahomes, I’ll be much more impressed than seeing it against the Dolphins and Jets.

  24. factschecker says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:44 am
    I can’t see any fan that would be excited/confident to play this defense. Lamar Jackson may have the best shot at success because he can play unconventional football and remain productive. But you’d have to score about 30 to beat NE. I’m not sure any team can do both. Score on their Defense while shutting down Tom Brady. That may be too much to ask a 2019/2020 NFL team.

    Devin McCourty should be in the driver seat for DPY

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    yeah, except NE will beat Jackson and the Ravens. Their D is weak and BB knows how to attack the run based QBs. He’s always done really well with them.Jackson is a soup du jour because he’s a shiny new hood ornament in the AFC, but it’s still a Tevbow style approach.

    You mention McCourty and you may see McCourty be the MLB spy of sorts in that game with Jon Jones undeneath on Marquise Brown and Harmon over the top. Make Jackson throw it mid range if he dares, and certainly outside the numbers.

    Jakcson will have nowhere to throw and NE will attack Jackson, while setting the edge trying to filter him up the middle.

    The blueprint will be laid out and Baltimore will go on a losing streak soon.

  25. BraceForImpact says:
    October 22, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    October 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Pats clearly the better D.

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    That’d be your opinion if the Pats had the 32nd ranked defense. Also something about the salary cap

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    Umm, no it wouldn’t. And, if you don’t get how 75% of the league is in cap hell, not closer to 90% at this point, or rebuilding all the time which is why it appears NE has an “easy” schedule, I cannot help you or any other mental midget.

    I am lot smarter than people like yourself, which is what you don’t get.

    We mock what we don’t understand. lmao

  26. Teams with 5+ wins against teams with 5+ wins….

    New England 1-0
    Baltimore 1-1
    Kansas City 1-0
    Green Bay 1-0
    New Orleans 1-0
    San Francisco 0-0
    Seattle 0-2
    Minnesota 0-1
    Buffalo 0-1

  27. Patriots opponents have a QB rating of 35.6 against the Patriots. These opponents have a QB rating of 81.6 against all other teams they have faced.

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