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Stat check: Pats top scoring team

10/2/2012

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories after Week 4, while also bringing the team's opponent this week -- the Denver Broncos -- into the discussion:

Points scored

This week: 1st (33.5)

Last week: 10th (27.3)

Broncos: 7th (28.5)

Points against

This week: 18th (23.0)

Last week: 10th (21.3)

Broncos: Tied-1oth (20.7)

Third-down offense

This week: 12th (41.5, 22 of 53)

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

Broncos: 4th (46.3 percent, 25 of 54)

Third-down defense

This week: 22nd (41.2 percent, 21 of 51)

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

Broncos: 23rd (41.4 percent, 24 of 58)

Turnover differential

This week: 2nd (Plus-8 -- 11 takeaways, 3 giveaways)

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

Broncos: Tied-25th (Minus-4 -- 3 takeaways, 7 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (TD percentage)

This week: 10th (61.1 percent, 11 of 18)

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

Broncos: Tied-5th (64.3 percent, 9 of 14)

Red-zone defense (TD percentage)

This week: 12th (50 percent, 4 of 8)

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

Broncos: Tied-17th (53.8 percent, 7 of 13)