I’m going to be honest. I’m stunned that this feat has never been accomplished before in NFL history. According to NFL research, the New England Patriots are the “first team in NFL history to allow 5 straight 300-yard passers in a single season.”
The Patriots are first team in NFL history to allow 5 straight 300-yard passers in a single season @NFLhistory— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 6, 2017
No other team has allowed this to happen in the history of the NFL? Seriously? I’m not even mad, I’m actually a little impressed.
When the Patriots limited the Buccaneers to 109 passing yards through three quarters, it appeared the defense had turned a corner. Then they allowed Jameis Winston to throw for 225 yards in the final quarter. Winston (334) joins Alex Smith (368 passing yards), Drew Brees (356), Deshaun Watson (301), and Cam Newton (316) as every quarterback the Patriots have faced this year has exceeded the 300 passing yard mark.
The Patriots had previously allowed four-straight 300+ yard passers in 1962, 2005, and 2011. The record for most 300+ yard passers allowed in a single season is held by the 2015 New Orleans Saints with 10 total games. The Patriots franchise record is 8 games (2011).