Stat check: Tops in turnover differential

December, 14, 2010
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A look at where the Patriots rank in key NFL statistical categories after 14 weeks, while considering that the team is 10-0 this season with a positive turnover differential and 80-3 since the 2001 season:

Points scored
This week:
1st (31.9 avg.)
Last week: 1st (31.5 avg.)

Points allowed
This week:
17th (21.2 avg.)
Last week: Tied-18th (22.4 avg.)

Third-down offense
This week:
3rd (72 of 153, 47.1 percent)
Last week: 4th (60 of 134, 44.8 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
32nd (81 of 168, 48.2 percent)
Last week: 32nd (78 of 160, 48.8 percent)

Turnover differential
This week:
1st (Plus-18 -- 27 take-aways, 9 give-aways)
Last week: 2nd (Plus-14 -- 23 take-aways, 9 give-aways)

Red-zone offense (TD percentage)
This week:
4th (34 TDs in 54 trips, 63 percent)
Last week: 3rd (32 TDs in 49 trips, 65.3 percent)

Red-zone defense (opponents' TD percentage)
This week:
Tied-24th (25 TDs in 42 trips, 59.5 percent)
Last week: 24th (24 TDs in 40 trips, 60 percent)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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