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Stat check: Good turnover status

9/25/2012

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories after Week 3, while also bringing the team's opponent this week -- the Buffalo Bills -- into the discussion:

Points scored

This week: 10th (27.3)

Last week: Tied-12th (26.0)

Bills: Tied-6th (29.0)

Points against

This week: 10th (21.3)

Last week: 4th (16.5)

Bills: Tied-23rd (26.3)

Third-down offense

This week: Tied-8th (42.9 percent, 18 of 42)

Last week: Tied-13th (40.7 percent, 11 of 27)

Bills: Tied-8th (42.9 percent, 15 of 35)

Third-down defense

This week: Tied-12th (36.1 percent, 13 of 36)

Last week: 9th (32.1 percent, 9 of 28)

Bills: 25th (46.2 percent, 18 of 39)

Turnover differential

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

Last week: Tied-5th (Plus-3 -- 4 takeaways, 1 giveaway)

Bills: Tied-12th (Plus-1 -- 6 takeaways, 5 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (TD percentage)

This week: Tied-16th (50 percent, 6 of 12)

Last week: Tied-24th (42.9 percent, 3 of 7)

Bills: Tied-2nd (70 percent, 7 of 10)

Red-zone defense (TD percentage)

This week: 19th (57.1 percent; 4 of 7)

Last week: Tied-11th (50 percent; 2 of 4)

Bills: 18th (55.6 percent; 5 of 9)