by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/15/13) Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower had a solid game in Week 15 against the Dolphins, as he led the team in tackles in a 24-20 loss. Hightower racked up nine stops -- eight solo -- in the game, to bring his total to 85 on the season.
Kyle Arrington picks up first sack
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/15/13) Patriots defensive back Kyle Arrington had a solid game in Week 15 against the Dolphins, albeit in a losing effort. He finished second on the team with seven tackles -- all solo -- and added a sack, his first of the season, in a 24-20 loss.
Chandler Jones racks up another sack
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/15/13) Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones picked up another sack Sunday in Week 15 against the Dolphins, in a 24-20 loss. Jones finished the game with just three tackles in addition to the sack, which gave him 11 1/2 on the season.
Young Patriots defensive linemen get to the QB
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/15/13) A pair of rookie defensive linemen mad an impact for the Patriots in Week 15, in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins. Joe Vellano and Sealver Siliga each picked up a sack in the game; Vellano's was the second of his career, while Siliga's was his first.
Patriots pick up four sacks in loss
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/15/13) The Patriots rushed the passer well in Week 15 against the Dolphins, but did not do much else well in a 24-20 loss.
New England's DST unit finished with four sacks, taking advantage of a poor Dolphins offensive line. Unfortunately, the Dolphins were able to rack up 17 points in the second half, and the Patriots failed to make the kinds of plays needed to win.
The Patriots gave up 378 yards on offense and forced just one turnover, on a botched snap on a field-goal attempt.
The Dolphins' offense has improved in recent weeks, so this wasn't a huge surprise. The Patriots DST unit will try to bounce back in Week 16 against the Ravens.
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The Patriots DST has the potential to be great in 2013, but they need to be more consistent. The Patriots DST had some big games in 2012 with at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league in four games, but they also had single digits in five other outings. The good thing for the Patriots is they create plenty of turnovers with 20 interceptions and 21 fumble recoveries. This is now the third year in a row with at least 34 turnovers. A more consistent pass rush would help since they had just 36 sacks in 2012, which is the third year in a row they’ve been at 40 or fewer. But with Bill Belichick at the helm, the Patriots defense will always be among the best in the NFL. They are worth drafting as a Top 10 option in all leagues and should be taken with a late-round pick. (Updated 4/26/13)