by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/14/14) The Patriots DST delivered on a blocked field goal when Chandler Jones returned the ball 58 yards for a touchdown and added four interceptions of quarterback Matt Cassel (including one from Darrelle Revis) and six sacks with a forced fumble. The Patriots held the Vikings to just 7 points and 217 net yards.
We could see another great performance from this unit in Week 3 when the Raiders head to Foxboro.
Four on Patriots' defense questionable for Week 2
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/12/14) The Patriots have four players from the defensive side on the injury report for Week 2 against the Vikings, and all enter the weekend with their availability for Sunday's game in doubt.
Defensive linemen Michael Buchanan (ankle), Chris Jones (ankle) and Sealver Siliga (hand), along with linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh) are all considered questionable for Sunday. All four were limited in practice throughout the week.
Patriots pass rush fails to show up in opening loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/8/14) The Patriots had little success getting after the quarterback in Week 1 against the Dolphins, as Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones combined for no sacks in the 33-20 loss Sunday.
Jones had four solo tackles in the game, while Ninkovich had five. Neither player recorded a quarterback hit in the game, as the team's pass rush was basically nonexistent.
Jamie Collins plays well in opener
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/8/14) Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins had a decent showing in Week 1 against the Dolphins, a 33-20 loss.
Collins had eight solo tackles in the loss, as he finished second on the team. He added a pass defense and a forced fumble as well.
Jerod Mayo starts season with strong performance
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (9/8/14) Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made a big impact in Week 1 against the Dolphins, albeit in a 33-20 loss.
Mayo led the team in tackles with 12 -- 10 solo -- and was the only player to get to the quarterback in the loss. He had one sack in the game.
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The Patriots DST has the potential to be great in 2014, and the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner could give them a dominant secondary. New England lost Aqib Talib to the Broncos this offseason, but getting Revis and Browner is a huge upgrade. The Patriots also get Jerod Mayo (pectoral), Vince Wilfork (Achilles) and Tommy Kelly (ACL) back from injury, along with drafting defensive tackle Dominique Easley in the first round, and they should be able to improve on their No. 12 finish in Fantasy points from 2013. The Patriots had 17 interceptions, 48 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns last year, which was the third time in the past four seasons that they were a Top 12 Fantasy unit. Go into the season with the Patriots as a Top 10 Fantasy option, and they are worth drafting with a late-round pick. They could emerge as a Top 5 option, especially with a great secondary in a division against erratic quarterbacks like Ryan Tannehill, Michael Vick/Geno Smith and EJ Manuel.