Pats gained 204 yards on short passes

ESPN's Stats & Analysis team takes it to the "Next Level" each week, viewing each NFL game through a different type of lens. What results are some statistics that help provide a clearer picture of what took place on the field.

Here were two stats that stood out from the Patriots' 35-7 win over the Buccaneers:

Brady and the short pass: Brady did his most damage on throws of 10 yards or less, which reflects the Patriots' success in yards after the catch. Brady was 19 of 23 for 204 yards and two touchdowns on passes of 10 yards or less. He was 4 of 9 for 104 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions, on throws of 10-plus yards.

Standard pressure gets it done: The Patriots had their best success when rushing only the standard four defenders. Against the four-man rush, the Buccaneers were 4 of 11 passing for just 26 yards and two interceptions. The Patriots have improved in their four-man rush since the first two weeks of the season. In Weeks 1 and 2, opponents completed 66.7 percent of their passes with two touchdowns against the Patriots' four-man pressure. In Weeks 3-7, opponents have been held to 56 percent passing with one touchdown and four interceptions. One factor that must be considered, however, is the level of competition as the Titans and Buccaneers -- the last two opponents -- are winless.