5 Biggest Patriots Busts Halfway Through the Season

Who have been the biggest busts for the New England Patriots halfway through the 2023 season?

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5. The Entire Pass Rush

Without Matt Judon playing every game this season, the New England Patriots' pass rush has suffered tremendously.

Of course, when he was healthy, Judon was doing his thing out there. He had four sacks in the first three games of the season before being injured in the fourth. Unfortunately, the Patriots' pass rush hasn't had Judon available since October 1, and until that changes, it's hard to see their pass rush taking a huge step forward.

They rank tied for 28th in the NFL right now at just 2.0 sacks per game this season, and that is a huge decrease from what we saw last season. The Patriots ranked tied for 2nd in the NFL last year at 3.2 sacks per game, right up there with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Having a pass rush can make or break a season, and for the Patriots right now, this unit has been a total bust. They're not getting enough from players like Josh Uche and rookie Keion White off the edge. New England has some players producing in the sack department, but we know pass rush is more than just sacks.

Judon's 9 QB hits through three games and change this season still lead this team, which just speaks to this team's struggles.

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