2. New England Patriots
It’s weird to see the Patriots on any kind of list where the defense is a weakness but here we are. New England isn’t the same threat it once was and they’ve proven that in the two years since Tom Brady left.
The defense might still be decent but the secondary in Foxboro is definitely the weakness on that side of the ball. They have good options at safety with Devin McCourty and Adrian Phillips but what hurts the Patriots the hardest is losing J.C. Jackson to the Chargers. Jackson had eight interceptions last year and nine in 2020. Losing a ball hawk like that is going to change the narrative for any secondary.
The other starting cornerbacks for the Pats are Malcolm Butler, Jalen Mills, and Kyle Dugger, so it’s not all bad but it’s hard to be intimidated by this group.
Then again, the Patriots always tend to play well on the defensive side of the ball, and with Bill Belichick as a head coach and defensive-minded guru, you can never count them out.
It does feel as though Burrow will be able to tear apart this secondary though.