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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Stat check: 3rd down D makes jump

By Mike Reiss

A weekly look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical areas, with the biggest jump coming on third-down defense:

Points scored
This week: 2nd -- 33.0 avg.
Last week: Tied-2nd -- 33.75 avg.

Points against
This week: 14th -- 23.8 avg.
Last week: Tied-20th -- 24.5 avg.

Third-down offense
This week: 4th -- 29 of 56 (51.8 %)
Last week: 4th -- 22 of 42 (52.4 %)

Third-down defense
This week: tied-25th -- 27 of 61 (44.3 %)
Last week: 32nd -- 24 of 50 (48.0 %)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-6th -- Plus-3 (9 takeaways, 6 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-6th -- Plus-4 (9 takeaways, 5 giveaways)

Red zone offense (TD percentage)
This week: 5th (17 touchdowns/26 trips)
Last week: 3rd (14 touchdowns/20 trips)

Red zone defense
This week: 25th (12 touchdowns/21 trips)
Last week: 21st (10 touchdowns/19 trips)