The 2019 Patriots defense has started the season off in historic fashion, and are trying to make the case they are the best defensive unit in NFL history. If they keep up the pace they are on now, I think they might just be.
Granted they aren't coming out and saying 'we are the best ever' or anything like that necessarily. This is New England after all, Belichick wouldn't really go for that kind of boasting. But they know they are really good. And its more the numbers they aren't allowing offenses to get that are doing all the talking anyways.
Through 7 games they have only allowed:
6.9 points a game on average, for a total of 48 points overall through 7 full games. That's on pace for only allowing 110 points on the whole season. The NFL record is the 2000 Ravens, who allowed just 165 points the whole season. The 2000 Ravens are considered one of the top 3 defensive units of all time, by most, if not the best ever.
So far they have played these teams:
Steelers - W 33-3
Dolphins - W 43-0
Jets - W 30-14
Bills - W 16-10
Redskins - 33-7
Giants - 35-14
Jets - 33-0
Two shut-outs, both on the road by the way. A 7-0 start. No team has scored more than 14 points on them. But they have played arguably one of the easiest schedules thus far. The combined record of those 7 teams are 12-29.. not exactly top brass.
They have the Browns, Ravens, Eagles, Cowboys, Texans, Chiefs, Bengals, Bills and Dolphins left, to finish out the season. We should get a much better understanding soon of just how historically good this Pats defense is because that run of games from the Browns to the Chiefs has enough star power and good to great offense in it to test this unit to its fullest.
The Pats D is on an historic run though no matter which way you slice it - they seem to be the best through 7 games of a regular season ever, and have a chance to put up all the stats and break most all the biggest D records to make the case they are the best.
Here's some good reading to see all the records they are on pace to beat historically:
Seven ridiculous NFL records the Patriots' defense could break in 2019
Let's keep this thread going through the regular season and beyond, and rank this squad vs the all time greats to see where they end up landing. Talking 2000 Ravens, 1985 Bears, etc.