2. 36 takeaways as a defense
For the majority of the season, the Patriots were running away with the most takeaways in the NFL. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers went on a tear once Minkah Fitzpatrick got acclimated in their defense.
Nevertheless, New England still ended the season with the second-most takeaways in the NFL with 36 of them. Altogether, the Patriots amassed 25 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries in 2019.
It is absolutely beneficial to have a defensive-minded coach like Belichick to put his players in positions to thrive. Still, his players have to go out and make the plays—and they did in 2019.
Due to the number of turnovers that the defense forced, this was the first season since 2012 that the Patriots were No. 1 in takeaways to giveaways ratio. The only other year that New England achieved that under Belichick was in 2010.