No asterisk on this Patriots defensive performance

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH – Place no Luke Falk, Josh Allen or Colt McCoy asterisk on this one.

The New England Patriots delivered their most impressive defensive performance of this 2019 6-0 start on Thursday night – if not statistically at least aesthetically.

In spanking the New York Giants here, 35-14, the Patriots did all the things that have placed them atop any defensive category that matters.

They held Daniel Jones and the Giants to just 2 of 10 on third downs with only 213 total yards, and New England pilfered the football away four times, with three picks and a fumble recovery.

So why is this any different than the other wrecking-crew efforts so far, all of which came with built-in excuses?