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Charting the hits on Tom Brady

A look at the sacks/hits that quarterback Tom Brady has absorbed this season (QB hits charted by in-game statisticians):

at Dolphins: 1 sack/2 quarterback hits

vs. Chargers: 2 sacks/5 quarterback hits

at Bills: 0 sacks/4 quarterback hits

at Raiders: 1 sack/4 quarterback hits

vs. Jets: 4 sacks/5 quarterback hits

vs. Cowboys: 3 sacks/8 quarterback hits

at Steelers: 3 sacks/4 quarterback hits

vs. Giants: 2 sacks/3 quarterback hits

at Jets: 0 sacks/1 quarterback hit

vs. Chiefs: 3 sacks/6 quarterback hits

at Eagles: 1 sack/2 quarterback hits

The Patriots rank 8th in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play (20 in 441). Brady has absorbed 44 quarterback hits this season, an average of four per game.

With Colts ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis coming to town, protection on the edges figures to be a top storyline. Starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer injured his right foot/ankle Sunday in Philadelphia, and has since been wearing a walking boot, which could put rookie Nate Solder into the starting lineup.