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Sunday, November 22, 2009
Welker making the difference so far

By Tim Graham

Matt Lyon from ESPN Stats & Information passed along an interesting stat from the first half of Sunday's game that shows how important Wes Welker is to the New England Patriots' offense.

Welker didn't play when the New York Jets beat the Patriots in Week 2, but he's all over the place in the rematch, catching eight passes for 139 yards and rushing once for 11 yards.

That has helped Tom Brady immensely.

When the Patriots lost at the Meadowlands, Brady was 12-of-30 for 122 yards, no touchdowns and one interception when the Jets rushed one or more extra defenders. He had a 38.5 passer rating in those situations. Against standard pressure, he was an uninspiring 11-of-17 for 94 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions for a 79.0 rating.

Through the first two quarters in Gillette Stadium, Brady was 9-of-14 for 100 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions for an 85.4 passer rating against added pressure.

When he faced standard pressure he went 9-of-12 for 127 yards and a touchdown for a 136.5 passer rating.