This isn't the bend-but-don't-break defense we're used to. No, there's something special in what the Patriots have been able to accomplish in the first four weeks of the season, capped on Sunday with a 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Here's our takeaways from the Patriots' win: 1. Improved efficiency In all the key categories of efficiency, the Patriots showed improvement. They went 7 of 13 on third down and 2 for 3 in the red zone. Sure, you want to see more of an uptick.