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Stat check: Third-down offense dips

A look at the 5-2 New England Patriots in our weekly "stat check," while also bringing Sunday's opponent -- the 3-3 Miami Dolphins -- into the discussion:

Points scored

This week: 20th (21.7)

Last week: 22nd (20.8)

Last season: 1st (34.8)

Dolphins in 2013: 17th (22.5)

Points against

This week: 5th (18.1)

Last week: 4th (16.1)

Last season: Tied-9th (20.6)

Dolphins in 2013: 20th (23.3)

Third-down offense

This week: 28th (35 of 105, 33.3 percent)

Last week: 18th (34 of 93, 36.6 percent)

Last season: 1st (110 of 226, 48.7 percent)

Dolphins in 2013: Tied-17th (30 of 80, 37.5 percent)

Third-down defense

This week: 21st (43 of 109, 39.4 percent)

Last week: 12th (32 of 88, 36.4 percent)

Last season: 22nd (82 of 205, 40.0 percent)

Dolphins in 2013: 19th (34 of 88, 38.6 percent)

Turnover differential

This week: Tied-6th (plus-5, 13 takeaways, 8 giveaways)

Last week: Tied-6th (plus-5, 12 takeaways, 7 giveaways)

Last season: 1st (plus-25, 41 takeaways, 16 giveaways)

Dolphins in 2013: Tied 17th (minus-1, 10 takeaways, 11 giveaways)

Red zone offense (based on TD percentage)

This week: 26th (11 of 24)

Last week: 30th (9 of 22)

Last season: 1st (49 of 70)

Dolphins in 2013: 2nd (13 of 18)

Red zone defense (based on TD percentage)

This week: 6th (9 of 21)

Last week: Tied-8th (7 of 17)

Last season: 13th (24 of 46)

Dolphins in 2013: Tied-11th (11 of 22)