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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Stat check: Top-scoring teams

By Mike Reiss

A look at the Patriots in our weekly "stat check", while also bringing Monday's opponent -- the Houston Texans -- into the discussion:

Points scored
This week: 1st (35.8)
Last week: 1st (37.0)
Texans: 2nd (29.25)

Points against
This week: Tied-14th (21.6)
Last week: 13th (22.1)
Texans: 4th (18.4)

Third-down offense
This week:1st (90 of 171, 52.6 percent)
Last week: 1st (83 of 156, 53.2 percent)
Texans: 13th (68 of 172, 39.5 percent)

Third-down defense
This week: 29th (64 of 149, 43.0 percent)
Last week: 30th (61 of 136, 44.9 percent)
Texans: 1st (46 of 162, 28.4 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: 1st (Plus-24 – 33 takeaways, 9 giveaways)
Last week: 1st (Plus-24 -- 32 takeaways, 8 giveaways)
Texans: Tied-2nd (Plus-14 – 26 takeaways, 12 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 3rd (37 of 56, 66.1 percent)
Last week: 2nd (35 of 52, 67.3 percent)
Texans: 7th (28 of 46, 60.9 percent)

Red-zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 24th (20 of 35, 57.1 percent)
Last week: 22nd (19 of 33, 57.6 percent)
Texans: 5th (12* of 27*, 44.4 percent)

* fewest in the NFL