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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Stat check: Patriots at Dolphins

By Mike Reiss

A look at the 10-3 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing the team's next opponent -- the 7-6 Miami Dolphins -- into the discussion:

Points per game
This week: 5th (26.8)
Last week: 6th (26.8)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Dolphins in 2013: 21st (22)

Points allowed per game
This week: 10th (22)
Last week:  10th (21.75)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Dolphins in 2013: 9th (21.2)

Third-down offense
This week:
16th (66 of 178, 37.1 percent)
Last week: 18th (60 of 163, 36.8 percent)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Dolphins in 2013: 22nd (64 of 179, 35.8 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
31st (85 of 194, 43.8 percent)
Last week: 30th (78 of 179, 43.6 percent)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Dolphins in 2013: 13th (69 of 187, 36.9 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-9th (plus-6; 24 takeaways, 18 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-6th (plus-8; 24 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Dolphins in 2013: 13th (plus-2; 22 takeaways, 20 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 11th (31 of 54)
Last week: 11th (28 of 50)
Last season: 1st (49 of 70)
Dolphins in 2013: 17th (23 of 42)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 19th (23 of 40)
Last week: 21st (22 of 38)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Dolphins in 2013: 10th (22 of 43)