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Patriots defense on potential historic path and Belichick knows it

Kyle Van Noy (53) picks up New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

The New England Patriots' defense has not surrendered a touchdown. Heck, it really hasn't been challenged if you look at it objectively.

But here comes the asterisk, and it's not being placed on the top-rated unit in the game from this corner or anywhere else outside the locker room.

None other than Bill Belichick will not only let his troops know just what they've done over the first two weeks, allowing three points total. Belichick will note to his crew in Monday morning films that its opposition so far has exactly zero victories this year and that the starting quarterbacks New England has faced have thrown twice as many touchdowns passes to Patriots as they have to their own teammates.

But that's Belichick. And he knows something special is brewing here. How else can you explain the insatiable 2007-esque fourth-quarter attitude – complete with Tom Brady tossing TD passes, timeouts being called and blitzes ruthlessly punishing young Josh Rosen?

Prevent defense? Forget it, folks. Not with so much history potentially on the line.