Stat check: Points are on the rise

October, 1, 2013
10/01/13
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A look at the 4-0 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the 2-2 Cincinnati Bengals -- into the discussion:

Points scored
This week: 20th (22.25)
Last week: 22nd (19.6)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Bengals in 2013: 22nd (20.25)

Points against
This week:
6th (14.25)
Last week: Tied-2nd (11.3)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Bengals in 2013: 10th (20.25)

Third-down offense
This week:
9th (28 of 66, 42.4 percent)
Last week: 13th (21 of 53, 39.6 percent)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Bengals in 2013: 10th (22 of 53, 41.5 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
11th (21 of 59, 35.6 percent)
Last week: Tied-8th (15 of 45, 33.3 percent)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Bengals in 2013: 20th (22 of 57, 38.6 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-7th (plus-4, 8 takeaways, 4 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-6th (plus-3, 7 takeaways, 4 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Bengals in 2013: Tied-21st (minus-2, 7 takeaways, 9 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 30th (6 of 16)
Last week: 32nd (4 of 13)
Last season: 1st (49 of 70)
Bengals in 2013: Tied-5th (6 of 9)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: Tied-4th (4 of 12)
Last week: Tied-12th (3 of 6)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Bengals in 2013: 26th (8 of 11)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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