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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Where Pats rank in key NFL categories

By Mike Reiss

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories through 13 weeks of the NFL season, with the biggest drop on third-down defense as the Dolphins were 10 of 19 on Sunday:

Points scored
5th (27.3 per game)
Last week: 4th (27.9 per game)

Points allowed
7th (18.6 per game)
Last week: 7th (18.3 per game)

Third down offense
7th (72 of 163, 44.2 percent)
Last week: 7th (68 of 153, 44.4 percent)

Third down defense
19th (opponents are 60 of 151, 39.7 percent)
Last week: 15th (50 of 132, 37.9 percent)

Turnover differential
Tied-4th (Plus-9, 24 takeaways, 15 giveaways)
Last week: 3rd (Plus-10, 23 takeaways, 13 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)
24th (24 of 51, 47.1 percent)
Last week: 22nd (23 of 48, 47.9 percent)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
27th (17 of 28, 60.7 percent)
Last week: 27th (15 of 24, 62.5 percent)