The Pats have given up 290 yards of offense through the air per game, ranking them as the fourth-worst team in the NFL in that category. The three teams beneath them are the Saints, Buccaneers and Redskins, who have a combined record of 7-12.
Yet, with all of their defensive woes, New England sits atop the AFC East at 4-3 heading into their showdown against the Rams on Sunday in London.
While St. Louis by no means has a potent passing attack — throwing for just 209 yards per game — the Pats have been torched in recent weeks, giving up 328 yards to Mark Sanchez, 293 yards to Russell Wilson and 337 to Peyton Manning. Despite the gaudy stats, however, the Patriots are 2-1 in those games.
Now, as they head across the pond to take on Sam Bradford and the Rams, what lies ahead for this secondary and the entirety of the New England defense? Can the Pats continue to overcome their struggles against the passing game, or will they be exposed on a global stage?