Ten interesting Pats stats to note

October, 19, 2012
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1. Tom Brady had a career-high 58 pass attempts in Week 6. His 22 incompletions were tied for his fourth most ever and his most since Week 2, 2009. In his last 3 regular-season games against the Jets, Brady is 3-0 with 8 touchdowns and 1 interceptions and is averaging 325.3 passing yards per game.

2. Brady has faced the Jets seven times since Rex Ryan took over as head coach, the Pats going 4-3 in those games. Brady has thrown five touchdowns on 55 attempts against five or more rushers in those wins, compared to no touchdowns on 48 attempts in the losses.

3. Including the playoffs, the Jets are 3-4 against the Patriots since Rex Ryan’s first season with the team in 2009. No other team has more wins against the Patriots since 2009.

4. The Patriots don’t have a winning record through 6 games for the first time since 2005 (also 3-3). The last time the Patriots had a losing record through 7 games was 2002 (3-4, finished 9-7 and missed playoffs).

5. The Patriots have led for at least 30 offensive plays in five of their six games this season. In those five games, the Patriots are now 3-0 when they’ve dropped back to pass under 50 percent of the time with the lead. When the Patriots have called pass more than run with the lead, they are 0-2, including last week’s loss to the Seahawks.

6. The 24-23 loss to the Seahawks in Week 6 was the Patriots’ third loss this season by 2 or fewer points. The Patriots have lost 5 straight games decided by 2 or fewer points going back to 2009, the longest active losing streak in such games in the league. The Jets have lost 4 straight decided by 2 or fewer, the second longest active losing streak in such games.

7. With all 4 AFC East teams at 3-3, the winner of this game is guaranteed a share of first place in the division. This is the first time in 25 years that all teams in a division enter a week with the same record in Week 6 or later according to the Elias Sports Bureau. All 5 AFC East teams were 5-5 through 10 weeks in 1987.

8. The Patriots have gained at least 440 yards in 3 straight games, tied for the longest single-season streak of the Brady-Belichick era (since 2001). New England leads the NFL with 445.3 yards per game, the second-highest average through 6 games in team history.

9. The Patriots are third in the NFL with 16 takeaways this season and first in the league with 50 takeaways since the start of 2011. New England’s 16 takeaways are their most through 6 games since 1997 (also 16).

10. Aaron Hernandez played in 38 offensive snaps in his return in Week 6. Since his injury in Week 2, the Patriots have used two or more tight ends on just 36.1 percent of their offensive plays, excluding kneel downs and spikes (100 percent of plays in Week 1).

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