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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Stat check: Last in NFL on 3rd down

By Mike Reiss

A look at the Patriots in our weekly "stat check", while also bringing Thursday's opponent -- the New York Jets -- into the discusssion:

Points scored
This week:
1st (35.8)
Last week: 1st (33.2)
Jets: 23rd (20.2)

Points against
This week:
16th (22.5)
Last week: Tied-15th (22.3)
Jets: 21st (24.1)

Third-down offense
This week:
1st (72 of 141, 51.1 percent)
Last week: 2nd (64 of 129, 49.6 percent)
Jets: 16th (54 of 140, 38.6 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
32nd (58 of 126, 46.0 percent)
Last week: 31st (50 of 112, 44.6 percent)
Jets: 30th (60 of 140, 42.9 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: 1st (Plus-20 -- 27 takeaways, 7 giveaways)
Last week: 1st (Plus-16 -- 23 takeaways, 7 giveaways)
Jets: Tied-13th (Plus-1, 18 takeaways, 17 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 4th (32 of 49, 65.3 percent)
Last week: 6th (28 of 43, 65.1 percent)
Jets: Tied-23rd (15 of 32, 46.9 percent)

Red-zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: Tied-24th (17 of 29, 58.6 percent)
Last week: Tied-19th (15 of 27, 55.6 percent)
Jets:  30th (18 of 27, 66.7 percent)