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Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 088: Is the Patriots defense finally on track?

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Or were they never that bad to begin with?

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NFL: New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots defense shut down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense for three quarters this past Thursday before they started playing softer coverage. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston only threw for 109 yards through three quarters and the Patriots controlled the entire game.

Is this shut down defense real or a mirage? Can the Patriots expect this quality of defense for the rest of the year? If so, they might take back the crown for the best team in the NFL. If not, well, it was nice while it lasted.

Alec and Rich break down the Buccaneers game, whether or not we can trust the defense, what the Patriots can do to be better in the red zone, and whether the 3-2 New York Jets are anything to worry about.

Alec and Rich cover it all. This podcast is available in the iTunes store, Stitcher, TuneIn, BluBrry, and via RSS Feed. Please subscribe and comment on what you want to hear about in future podcasts!