Patriots defense gaining tons of confidence: If we execute the game plan, nobody can stop us

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It was just two weeks ago when the Patriots allowed Deshaun Watson to throw for 344 yards and the offense to gain 399 yards in a 27-20 loss in Houston.

Last week the unit got back on track in a 20-17 win over the Cardinals, but took it to another level in Sunday’s 45-0 win over the Chargers where the unit completed overpowered rookie Justin Herbert and Co.

“We dropped the ball a little bit against Houston, and we came back out and said we’re going to go back to our bread and butter. We’re going to dominate, we’re going to come after you and we’re going to get on these receivers,” safety Adrian Phillips said. “And that’s what we’ve been doing.”

Performances like against Arizona and Los Angeles are giving the unit tons of confidence.

“When we go out there and execute the game plan, nobody can stop us,” Phillips said.

The shutout was the 29th in team history and 12th under Bill Belichick. It was the first since Oct. 21 of last year against the Jets.

The entire defense contributed, as the defensive line pressured Herbert all game long, totaling three sacks and 11 quarterback hits. And then the backend covered well with Keenan Allen only having 48 yards receiving and JC Jackson and Chase Winovich recorded interceptions.

Given how the Patriots offense is constructed, the defense is going to be counted on to win games for the team down the stretch, and it seems it knows it.

“We’re at the point in the season where we’ve gotta keep it going,” Devin McCourty said. “Week in and week out, we’ve got to play that way. Because now we’re down to four. We’ve got four games promised to us, and everything after that will be what we make it in these last four games.”

The Patriots will take on the Rams this Thursday night in L.A.