Stat check: More TDs needed in red zone

October, 8, 2013
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A look at the 4-1 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the 5-0 New Orleans Saints -- into the discussion:

Points scored
This week: 24th (19.0)
Last week: 20th (22.25)
Last season: 1st (34.8)
Saints in 2013: 9th (26.8)

Points against
This week:
2nd (14.0)
Last week: 6th (14.25)
Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)
Saints in 2013: 4th (14.6)

Third-down offense
This week:
17th (29 of 78, 37.2 percent)
Last week: 9th (28 of 66, 42.4 percent)
Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)
Saints in 2013: 7th (30 of 69, 43.5 percent)

Third-down defense
This week:
12th (27 of 74, 36.5 percent)
Last week: 11th (21 of 59, 35.6 percent)
Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)
Saints in 2013: 9th (20 of 56, 35.7 percent)

Turnover differential
This week: Tied-6th (plus-4, 10 takeaways, 6 giveaways)
Last week: Tied-7th (plus-4, 8 takeaways, 4 giveaways)
Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)
Saints in 2013: Tied-4th (plus-6, 11 takeaways, 5 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 31st (6 of 17)
Last week: 30th (6 of 16)
Last season: 1st (49 of 70)
Saints in 2013: 29th (8 of 19)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)
This week: 7th (5 of 14)
Last week: Tied-4th (4 of 12)
Last season: 13th (24 of 46)
Saints in 2013: Tied-21st (8 of 13)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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