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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Pats: Top 10 in scoring offense, defense

By Mike Reiss

A look at the 7-2 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing the team's next opponent -- the 5-3 Carolina Panthers -- into the discussion:

Points per game
This week: 9th (26.0)
Last week: 17th (22.3)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Panthers in 2013: 11th (25.5)

Points allowed per game
This week:
8th (19.4)
Last week: Tied-5th (18.0)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Panthers in 2013: 2nd (13.3)

Third-down offense
This week:
27th (44 of 127, 34.6 percent)
Last week: 29th (37 of 115, 32.2 percent)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Panthers in 2013: 3rd (47 of 100, 47.0 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
21st (56 of 139, 40.3 percent)
Last week: 23rd (51 of 126, 40.5 percent)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Panthers in 2013: 10th (37 of 102, 36.3 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: 3rd (plus-9, 19 takeaways, 10 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-5th (plus-7, 16 takeaways, 9 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Panthers in 2013: Tied-4th (plus-8, 19 takeaways, 11 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 18th (19 of 36)
Last week: Tied-18th (14 of 28)
Last season: 1st (49 of 70)
Panthers in 2013: 5th (18 of 28)

Red-zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 9th (14 of 29)
Last week: 5th (11 of 25)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Panthers in 2013: 3rd (7 of 18)