For a defense that already isn’t very good, this is a big blow for the New England Patriots.
Thursday morning, it was announced that New England would be without linebacker Dont’a Hightower for the remainder of the season. That’s because in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, Hightower evidently tore his pectoral muscle while tackling Devonta Freeman.
That said, Hightower was already missing games before this injury. He would sit out weeks 2 and 3 after suffering a knee injury in the season opener. Of course, that’s not to say he isn’t of vital importance to this struggling defense.
Through seven weeks, the Patriots are last in total defense by yards per game (426.7). And, they rank 23rd in points per game (23.7). Losing Hightower for the season hardly helps.
Fortunately, their offense currently ranks first in yards per game (410.7). And also, they are sixth-best in the league when it comes to scoring (27.9 points per game). They are going to need that kind of production for the remainder of the season. Especially if they plan on making yet another Super Bowl run.
Can they keep it up?