The Patriots have the best defense in the NFL.

Say the Patriots won Sunday’s game against the Jets on a punt return is like saying that the sinking of some submarines ensured a World War for the good guys (even though the clearance returns are unbelievable and almost never happen again). Sure, there was a defining moment, a crossover of the plane that triggered a technical end to the engagement, but giving credit to that moment without acknowledging the breadth and scope of the battle plan misses a lot.

There are good enough reasons to have slept with Bill Belichick this year. The Patriots are still an intermediate football team. He uses the Springfield Police Department to design and call their offensive plays. He had the opportunity to go to full Zappe mode and he resisted, depriving us of the onomatopoeia of the quarterback we had always dreamed of.

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