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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Stat check: Rising in red zone

By Mike Reiss

A look at the Patriots in our weekly "stat check", while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the Miami Dolphins -- into the discusssion:

Points scored
This week:
1st (37.0)
Last week: 1st (35.8)
Dolphins: 26th (19.1)

Points against
This week:
13th (22.1)
Last week: 16th (22.5)
Dolphins: Tied-9th (20.5)

Third-down offense
This week:
1st (83 of 156, 53.2 percent)
Last week: 1st (72 of 141, 51.1 percent)
Dolphins: 22nd (52 of 143, 36.4 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
30th (61 of 136, 44.9 percent)
Last week: 32nd (58 of 126, 46.0 percent)
Dolphins: 7th (58 of 168, 34.5 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: 1st (Plus-24 -- 32 takeaways, 8 giveaways)
Last week: 1st (Plus-20 -- 27 takeaways, 7 giveaways)
Dolphins: Tied-27th (Minus-10 -- 11 takeaways, 21 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 2nd (35 of 52, 67.3 percent)
Last week: 4th (32 of 49, 65.3 percent)
Dolphins: 12th (14 of 25, 56 percent) 

Red-zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 22nd (19 of 33, 57.6 percent)
Last week: Tied-24th (17 of 29, 58.6 percent)
Dolphins: 3rd (15 of 37, 40.5 percent)