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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Stat check: 12th best scoring D

By Mike Reiss

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories after Week 8, on their bye week:

Points scored
This week:
1st (32.75 avg.)
Last week: 1st (31.0 avg.)

Points against
This week:
Tied-12th (21.25 avg.)
Last week: 19th (23.2 avg.)

Third-down offense
This week:
2nd (48.7 percent, 57 of 117)
Last week: 3rd (47.6 percent, 50 of 105)

Third-down defense
This week:
24th (42.6 percent, 43 of 101)
Last week: 25th (44.0 percent, 40 of 91)

Turnover differential
This week:
Tied 1st with Giants (Plus-13 -- 20 takeaways, 7 giveaways)
Last week: 2nd (Plus-11 -- 18 takeaways, 7 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (TD percentage)
This week:
5th (63.2 percent, 24 of 38)
Last week: 9th (58.1 percent, 18 of 31)

Red-zone defense (TD percentage)
This week:
19th (55.0 percent, 11 of 20)
Last week: 19th (57.9 percent, 11 of 19)