No one questions New England's offensive firepower, but it's time to give the Patriots' defense its due. A closer look reveals a unit that's young, fast, smart, unconventional -- and a big reason why the Patriots are still unbeaten.
Helping to hold the Georgia Bulldogs to 146 yards below their 20th ranked rushing attack in a dominating 27-3 win Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 283 pound Bullard showed off the form that could result in his joining Shariff Floyd, Dominique Easley and Dante Fowler as Florida's fourth defensive linemen to earn a first round pick since 2013.
Dolphins have played much better the last two weeks, but the teams Miami has beaten have three combined wins. On Thursday, Miami takes on the unbeaten Patriots, who will provide the ultimate litmus test for Dan Campbell's team.
The Steelers-Patriots matchup in the Week 1 will likely come down to quarterback play -- and this one features two of the best in Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. But there are some of the key factors that could come into play, and here are five stats to know.