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Stat check: Red-zone improvement

10/23/2012

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories after Week 7, while also bringing the team's opponent this week -- the St. Louis Rams-- into the discussion:

Points scored

This week: 1st (31.0)

Last week: 1st (31.3)

Rams: 26th (18.5)

Points against

This week: 19th (23.2)

Last week: Tied-15th (22.8)

Rams: 10th (20.1)

Third-down offense

This week: 3rd (47.6 percent, 50 of 105)

Last week: 2nd (46.6 percent, 41 of 88)

Rams: 22nd (34.1 percent, 30 of 88)

Third-down defense

This week: 25th (44.0 percent, 40 of 91)

Last week: 23rd (42.1 percent, 32 of 76)

Rams: 13th (37.4 percent, 34 of 91)

Turnover differential

This week: 2nd (Plus-11 -- 18 takeaways, 7 giveaways)

Last week: Tied-1st (Plus-10 -- 16 takeaways, 6 giveaways)

Rams: Tied-14th (Even -- 9 takeaways, 9 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (TD percentage)

This week: 9th (58.1 percent, 18 of 31)

Last week: 14th (55.2 percent, 16 of 29)

Rams: Tied-28th (41.2 percent, 7 of 17)

Red-zone defense (TD percentage)

This week: 19th (57.9 percent, 11 of 19)

Last week: 23rd (60 percent, 9 of 15)

Rams: Tied-13th (50 percent, 10 of 20)