Stat check: Comparing to Steelers

October, 25, 2011
10/25/11
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After the bye, a look at some movement in where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories while comparing them to Sunday's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Points scored
This week: 4th -- 30.8 avg.
Last week: 3rd
Steelers: 19th -- 21.5 avg.

Points against
This week: tied-15th -- 22.5 avg.
Last week: 14th
Steelers: 3rd -- 17.4 avg.

Third-down offense
This week: 3rd -- 37 of 69 (53.6 %)
Last week: 3rd
Steelers: 4th -- 44 of 90 (48.9 %)

Third-down defense
This week: 23rd -- 31 of 73 (42.5%)
Last week: 21st
Steelers: 16th -- 36 of 94 (38.3 %)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-13th -- Plus-1 (11 takeaways, 10 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-16th
Steelers: 32nd -- Minus-9 (3 takeaways, 12 giveaways)

Red zone offense (TD percentage)
This week: 5th (19 touchdowns/30 trips)
Last week: 7th
Steelers: 15th (11 touchdowns/21 trips)

Red zone defense
This week: Tied-20th (13 touchdowns/24 trips)
Last week: 22nd
Steelers: Tied-23rd (10 touchdowns/17 trips)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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