New England CB Logan Ryan played just 54.7 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps in Weeks 7 and 8.
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower played 63 snaps in Week 6, up from just 29 in Week 5 as he continues to recover from a torn meniscus.
The New England defense has allowed eight touchdowns in ten opponent trips inside the red zone.
The New England defense has allowed 6.6 yards per play and a 75 percent completion percentage to opposing quarterbacks in second half play this season.
New England will face Miami in Week 17, who has managed just 16.5 points per game over the last six weeks.
New England CB Malcolm Butler drew praise from Jets coach Todd Bowles, who said Butler "is probably one of the best in the league."
The New England defense is second among NFL teams in sacks, with 42 on the season.
The New England defense has allowed 199.7 passing yards per game over the last three weeks.
New England CB Malcolm Butler's strong play earned praise from Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly this week.
The New England defense will face Buffalo running back LeSean McCoy in Week 11, who has tallied over 100 total yards in three-straight games.
The New England Patriots are focused on stopping New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham in Week 10.
The Boston Globe noted the safety play of the New England Patriots as a key to their Week 9 matchup with Washington.
New England LB Dont'a Hightower recorded 10 tackles in Week 7 after returning from a rib injury.
The New England run defense will face a stiff test in Week 7 as they host the New York Jets, who lead the NFL with 146.0 rushing yards per game.