Defense a problem for Patriots heading into stretch drive (The Associated Press)

The ever-changing New England defense, still searching for answers, hopes to build on last week’s effort when the Patriots visit the New York Jets this Sunday. The Patriots sacked San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick five times – all in the first half – in a 30-17 win over the 49ers after getting 16 sacks in the previous nine games. ”That’s what we’ve been trying to do all year is get after the quarterback, continue to put pressure on him to make bad decisions,” defensive lineman Trey Flowers, who leads the team with four sacks, said Wednesday.