Inside the numbers: Jets-Patriots

October, 8, 2011
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A glance at some numbers before Sunday's Patriots-Jets clash with help from our friends at ESPN Stats and Info:

Quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots offense have put together some remarkable numbers spanning into the new season. Chief among them is the fact that Brady has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of his last 12 regular-season starts. Last week he tied Peyton Manning's NFL record (13) and this week he'll attempt to establish a new mark. The last time Brady didn't throw two touchdowns in a regular-season game? Last year's Halloween visit from the Vikings, a 28-18 New England vicotry in which Brady only got one score through the air.

Most Consecutive Regular Season Games With 2 Pass TD, NFL History

Season
Tom Brady 13>> 2010-11
Peyton Manning 13 2004
Dan Marino 12 1986-87
Don Meredith 12 1965-66
>>Active streak


Brady and the Patriots have been downright dominant at home. New England has won 18 straight regular-season home games since a loss to the Steelers in Week 13 of the 2008 season. That ties the franchise record for longest home win streak (18 straight home wins from 2002-05).

Brady, who sat out nearly all of the 2008 season after tearing his ACL, hasn't lost at home in 29 straight games. The last loss: Week 10 of 2006 versus the Jets.
Most Consecutive Home Regular Season Starts Won

Seasons
Tom Brady 29>> 2006-Pres
Brett Favre 25 1995-98
John Elway 22 1996-98
Randall Cunningham 20 1990-94
Bob Griese 20 1971-74

One thing to watch Sunday: Who wins the battle when the Jets bring extra pressure. New York has thrived bringing five or more rushers this season, but Brady has made defenses pay when they load up on him.
5+ Pass Rushers, 2011 Season

Brady Jets’ D
Comp pct 71.1 48.5
Yards/att 12.1 5.1
TD-Int 6-1 0-1
Total QBR 96.1 19.9

Conversely, something's gotta give on the other side of the ball as well. Neither the Patriots' rush nor Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez have been effective when just four or fewer rushers are utilized this season.
4 or Fewer Pass Rushers, 2011 Season

Sanchez Patriots’ D
Comp pct 65.6 66.9
Yards/att 5.9 8.7
1st down pct 28.4 41.9
Total QBR 27.4 77.3

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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