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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Stat check: 2nd in fewest points allowed

By Mike Reiss

A look at the 3-0 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the 1-2 Atlanta Falcons -- into the discussion:

Points scored
This week: 22nd (19.6)
Last week: Tied-25th (18.0)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Falcons in 2013: Tied-12th (23.6)

Points against
This week:
Tied-2nd (11.3)
Last week: Tied-6th (15.5)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Falcons in 2013: Tied-19th (24.6)

Third-down offense
This week:
13th (21 of 53, 39.6 percent)
Last week: 16th (15 of 38)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Falcons in 2013: 10th (15 of 35, 42.9 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
Tied-8th (15 of 45, 33.3 percent)
Last week: 8th (10 of 31)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Falcons in 2013: 28th (20 of 42, 47.6 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-6th (plus-3, 7 takeaways, 4 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-4th (plus-3, 6 takeaways, 3 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Falcons in 2013: Tied-14th (even, 4 takeaways, 4 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 32nd (4 of 13)
Last week: 31st (2 of 8)
Last season: 1st (49 of 70)
Falcons in 2013: Tied-17th (6 of 12)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: Tied-12th (3 of 6)
Last week: Tied-26th (3 of 4)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Falcons in 2013: Tied-23rd (7 of 10)