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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Stat check: Contrast with turnovers

By Mike Reiss

A look at the 6-2 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the 2-5 Pittsburgh Steelers -- into the discussion:

Points scored
This week: 17th (22.3)
Last week: 20th (21.7)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Steelers in 2013: 28th (17.8)

Points against
This week:
Tied-5th (18.0)
Last week: 5th (18.1)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Steelers in 2013: 14th (21.8)

Third-down offense
This week:
29th (37 of 115, 32.2 percent)
Last week: 28th (35 of 105, 33.3 percent)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Steelers in 2013: 18th (35 of 94, 37.2 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
23rd (51 of 126, 40.5 percent)
Last week: 21st (43 of 109, 39.4 percent)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Steelers in 2013: 19th (37 of 97, 38.1 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-5th (plus-7, 16 takeaways, 9 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-6th (plus-5, 13 takeaways, 8 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Steelers in 2013: 29th (minus-9, 5 takeaways, 14 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: Tied-18th (14 of 28)
Last week: 26th (11 of 24)
Last season: 1st (49 of 70)
Steelers in 2013: 30th (8 of 20)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 5th (11 of 25)
Last week: 6th (9 of 21)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Steelers in 2013: 12th (10 of 19)