Data Points: Pats near bottom in pass defense

With all the hubbub regarding the free-agent status of Nnamdi Asomugha, as well as several other quality cornerbacks expected to be available in free agency, it’s intriguing to look at the five teams ranked at the bottom of the league in pass defense last season.

The club that stands out is the Patriots, who despite a stellar 14-2 record, appeared — by the numbers —  to struggle mightily. But considering the Pats held huge leads in several games in 2010, it’s not surprising they gave up large chunks of passing yards to teams desperate to catch up.

The Redskins possess defensive talent and added pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan in the draft, but with cornerbacks Phillip Buchanon and Carlos Rogers potential free agents, Daniel Snyder and company have an excuse to look for an upgrade, something the owner has never been too shy about doing.

Regardless of what these clubs do to upgrade during the offseason, all five teams could afford to defend the pass the way the league-leading Chargers did last season.

— Elliot Harrison

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