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Stat check: Lots of improvement

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories through 15 games, while noting the wide gap in turnover differential and an improving scoring and red-zone defense:

Points scored

This week: 1st (32.0 avg.)

Last week: 1st (31.8 avg.)

Points allowed

This week: 13th (20.4 avg.)

Last week: 16th (21.6 avg.)

Third-down offense

This week: 3rd (84 of 180, 46.7 percent)

Last week: 3rd (76 of 163, 46.6 percent)

Third-down defense

This week: 32nd (95 of 197, 48.2 percent)

Last week: 32nd (92 of 187, 49.2 percent)

Turnover differential

This week: 1st (Plus-27 -- 36 take-aways, 9 give-aways)

Last week: 1st (Plus-20 -- 29 take-aways, 9 give-aways)

(* The next best teams are at Plus-14 -- the Eagles & Steelers)

Red-zone offense (TD percentage)

This week: 3rd (39 TDs in 61 trips, 63.9 percent)

Last week: 3rd (36 TDs in 56 trips, 64.3 percent)

Red-zone defense (opponents' TD percentage)

This week: 17th (27 TDs in 50 trips, 54.0 percent)

Last week: 24th (27 TDs in 47 trips, 57.4 percent)