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Stat check: Step back for 3rd down D

9/20/2011

A weekly look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical areas, with the big change this week on third down defense:

Points scored

This week: 3rd -- 36.5 avg.

Last week: 3rd -- 38 avg.

Points against

This week: Tied-14th -- 22.5 avg.

Last week: Tied-16th -- 24 avg.

Third-down offense

This week: 2nd -- 15 of 24 (62.5%)

Last week: T-3rd -- 8 of 13 (61.5%)

Third-down defense

This week: 25th -- 12 of 26 (46.1 %)

Last week: T-4th -- 2 of 14 (14.3%)

Turnover differential

This week: 3rd -- Plus 4 (5 takeaways, 1 giveaway)

Last week: Tied-12th -- 0 (1 takeaway/1 giveaway)

Red zone offense (TD percentage)

This week: 4th (8 touchdowns/11 trips)

Last week: Tied-5th (4 touchdowns/6 trips)

Red zone defense

This week: 14th (5 touchdowns/10 trips)

Last week: Tied-11th (3 touchdowns/6 trips)