Joe Flacco had his best game of the season against the Patriots in Week Three, but faces a much-different pass defense in the AFC title game.
If Aqib Talib's presence moves Devin McCourty to safety for the long-term, that will impact S Patrick Chung, who is in a contract year.
The Patriots are taking a chance on CB Aqib Talib, but he is a skilled cover man who can allow Bill Belichick to be flexible with the secondary.
Titans RB Chris Johnson, Raiders DE Lamarr Houston and Patriots CB Devin McCourty were named the AFC’s Players of the Week for Week Seven.
Patriots 2011 second-round CB Ras-I Dowling is finally healthy, which should bolster the secondary and move Kyle Arrington inside.
After starting six different players at safety last season, the Patriots looked to solidify the position in free agency by signing Steve Gregory.
The Giants' receivers should have an edge over the Patriots' cornerbacks in Super Bowl XLVI.
Continiuing a theme of versatility, the Patriots moved Devin McCourty and Sterling Moore around in the secondary late in the season.
Patriots CB Devin McCourty has struggled this season, and the Dolphins and WR Brandon Marshall might look to take advantage.
The Patriots, with their last-ranked defense, are not necessarily an imposing future playoff opponent, despite having Tom Brady.
The Patriots downgraded WR Chad Ochocinco, CB Devin McCourty, S Patrick Chung and C Dan Connolly to out for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
One of the Patriots' younger players is going to have to step up and make a name for himself. Otherwise, the pass defense will continue to the team's costly Achilles' heel, writes Kevin Fishbain.
The Patriots' offense can turn things around after Sunday's loss to the Steelers, but the defense has plenty of work to do.
The offensive line had a huge game against Oakland on Sunday, bringing its stock up after a couple of tough weeks running the football.
The early struggles of CB Devin McCourty are one reason for the Patriots' inability to stop the pass.