As road graders, Patriots get an F

October, 3, 2010
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The New England Patriots will battle some ominous forces Monday night in Sun Life Stadium.

The road has been most wicked for the Patriots since the start of last season, a trend ESPN Stats & Information researcher Jeremy Lundblad detailed painstakingly in a recent column for ESPNBoston.com.

Check out Lundblad's piece to examine all the insightful data on the Patriots' troubles in true road games, but here are a few nuggets on their inability to win away from the friendly confines of Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots are 2-7 overall, but one of those victories came in London against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. So most of Lundblad's numbers focus on "true road games" -- those played in the opponent's arena.

Since the start of 2009, the Patriots' defense has allowed an average of 15.7 points per game in Foxborough and 25.4 points in true road games. The opposing quarterback's completion percentage goes up 7.6 points, his yardage goes up 78.5 and his passer rating soars more than 30 points when he's at home against the Patriots.

Lundblad also laid out a series of Tom Brady-related charts that look like Russian stacking dolls. Brady has played small on the road, even smaller in the second half and smaller yet in the fourth quarter.

Brady posted a road passer rating of 127.0 three years ago, setting an NFL record. In true road games since then, he is 1-7 with 10 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 77.5 passer rating.

In the second half, Brady has thrown two touchdowns and seven interceptions with a 50.8 passer rating.

In the fourth quarter, Brady has thrown one touchdown and five interceptions with a 29.3 passer rating.

And in his past five fourth quarters on the road, he has a 10.5 passer rating.

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