Any way you measure, Patriots defense becoming elite


Eleven weeks of NFL action are in the books and some statistical trends have taken hold across the league. As such, will check in each week through the remainder of the season to see how the Patriots (7-4) are doing statistically in a variety of areas, both on a team level and as individuals.

Pats stats analysis: Coming off a shutout win in Atlanta, New England now has the NFL’s No. 1 defense in points allowed. That marries up well with an offense that’s No. 6 in the league. … Another impressive performance in the books against the Falcons, the Patriots now rank in the top 10 in virtually every key category on defense including third down (6th) and red zone (3rd) as the No. 3 unit in terms of yards allowed. … The New England defense is also third in takeaways while leading the league with 18 interceptions thanks to four in the fourth quarter last Thursday night. … Mac Jones’ has now jumped into the No. 2 spot in the NFL in terms of completion percentage, while his passer rating (16th) and touchdowns (t-15th) also continue to slowly move up the NFL ranks.

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Points Scored (NFL rank) 27.3 (6th)
Points Allowed 16.1 (1st)
Point Differential plus-123 (2nd)

Total Offense 351.8 (17th)
Rush Offense 116.3 (14th)
Pass Offense 235.5 (16th)
Third Down 45.8% (4th)
Red Zone 57.5% (18th)

Total Defense 313.2 (3rd)
Rush Defense 101.7 (8th)
Pass Defense 211.5 (6th)
Third Down 35.5% (6th)
Red Zone 48.3% (3rd)

Turnover Differential plus-6 (t-5th)
Takeaways 21 (3rd)
Interceptions 18 (1st)

Mac Jones
Attempts 349 (12th)
Completions 245 (t-7th)
Passing Yards 2,540 (12th)
Completion Percentage 70.2 (2nd)
Touchdowns 14 (t-15th)
Interceptions 8 (t-18th)
Rating 94.7 (16th)

Damien Harris
Rushing attempts 143 (10th)
Rushing Yards 603 (10th)
Avg. 4.2 (26th)
Rush TD 7 (t-6th)
First downs 34 (t-41st)
Points, non-kicker 42 (t-16th)

Jakobi Meyers
Receptions 54 (t-19th)
Rec. Yards 522 (41st)
Avg. 9.7 (95th)
TD 1 (t-96th

Nelson Agholor
Receptions 29 (t-87th)
Rec. Yards 396 (65th)
Avg. 13.7 (35th)
TD 3 (t-44th)

Kendrick Bourne
Receptions 37 (t-55th)
Rec. Yards 562 (34th)
Avg. 15.2 (16th)
TD 3 (t-44th)

Hunter Henry
Receptions 33 (t-69th)
Rec. Yards 378 (70th)
Avg. 11.5 (68th)
TD 7 (t-7th)
Points, non-kicker 42 (t-16th)

Jake Bailey
Net Punting Avg. 40.8 (18th)
Gross Punting Avg. 48.5 (6th)
Kickoff Touchbacks 26 (19th)

J.C. Jackson 6 (2nd)
Adrian Phillips 4 (t-4th)
Kyle Dugger 3 (t-10th)
Devin McCourty  2 (t-22nd)
Jamie Collins 1 (t-59th)
Jonathan Jones 1 (t-59th)
Kyle Van Noy 1 (t-59th)

Matt Judon 10.5 (t-3rd)
Kyle Van Noy 4 (t-43rd)

Gunner Olszewski
Punt return Avg. 12.6 (2nd)

Nick Folk
Points, kicker 104 (1st)

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