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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Stat check: Patriots vs. Panthers

By Mike Reiss

Coming off the bye week, a look at the 7-2 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing the team's next opponent -- the 6-3 Carolina Panthers -- into the discussion:

Points per game
This week: 8th (26.0)
Pre-bye: 17th (22.3)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Panthers in 2013: 15th (23.7)

Points allowed per game
This week:
7th (19.4)
Pre-bye: Tied-5th (18.0)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Panthers in 2013: 2nd (12.7)

Third-down offense
This week:
25th (44 of 127, 34.6 percent)
Pre-bye: 29th (37 of 115, 32.2 percent)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Panthers in 2013: 3rd (54 of 117, 46.2 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
24th (56 of 139, 40.3 percent)
Pre-bye: 23rd (51 of 126, 40.5 percent)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Panthers in 2013: 6th (39 of 115, 33.9 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: 3rd (plus-9, 19 takeaways, 10 giveaways)
Pre-bye: Tied-5th (plus-7, 16 takeaways, 9 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Panthers in 2013: Tied-4th (plus-8, 21 takeaways, 13 giveaways)

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

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 7th (14 of 29)
Pre-bye: 5th (11 of 25)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Panthers in 2013: 3rd (7 of 19)