Statistically, Patriots defense is elite


Seventeen weeks of NFL action are in the books and statistical realities have taken hold across the NFL. As such, checks in each week to see how the Patriots (10-6) are doing statistically in a variety of areas, both on a team level and as individuals.

Pats stats analysis: As the season winds down, the Patriots continue to have one of the best defenses in the NFL regardless of how it’s measured. New England is ranked in the top 5 in yards (3rd), third down (4th), red zone (2nd) and, most importantly, leads the NFL in fewest points allowed. … With the Mac Jones-led offense ranking No. 8 in the league in points scored, New England trails only the Bills in point differential at plus-168 with one week to play. … Speaking of Jones, who’s clearly the top rookie QB, the No. 15 overall pick is middle of the road in most stats including attempts (15th), completions (15th), yards (13th), touchdowns (t-13th) and passer rating (16th). He does continue to impress with a 67.6 completion percentage good for 8th in the NFL. … Defensively the Patriots lead the NFL in interceptions, with J.C. Jackson’s eight (2nd) pacing the pick party.

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Points Scored (NFL rank) 27.4 (8th)
Points Allowed 16.9 (1st)
Point Differential plus-168 (2nd)

Total Offense 351.8 (16th)
Rush Offense 126.1 (8th)
Pass Offense 225.8 (14th)
Third Down 43.2% (7th)
Red Zone 61.0% (13th)

Total Defense 311.6 (3rd)
Rush Defense 119.3 (22nd)
Pass Defense 192.4 (4th)
Third Down 35.7% (4th)
Red Zone 46.7% (2nd)

Turnover Differential plus-10 (5th)
Takeaways 30 (t-3rd)
Interceptions 23 (t-2nd)

Mac Jones
Attempts 491 (15th)
Completions 332 (15th)
Passing Yards 3,540 (13th)
Completion Percentage 67.6 (8th)
Touchdowns 21 (t-13th)
Interceptions 12 (t-19th)
Rating 92.5 (16th)

Damien Harris
Rushing attempts 191 (t-11th)
Rushing Yards 892 (8th)
Avg. 4.7 (12th)
Rush TD 14 (t-2nd)
First downs 53 (t-36th)
Points, non-kicker 84 (6th)

Rhamondre Stevenson
Rushing attempts 129 (t-39th)
Rushing Yards 572 (36th)
Avg. 4.4 (21st)
Rush TD 5 (t-22nd)

Jakobi Meyers
Receptions 79 (t-18th)
Rec. Yards 796 (37th)
Avg. 10.1 (85th)
TD 2 (t-86th)

Kendrick Bourne
Receptions 52 (t-58th)
Rec. Yards 776 (40th)
Avg. 14.9 (12th)
TD 5 (t-37th)

Hunter Henry
Receptions 45 (t-80th)
Rec. Yards 517 (71st)
Avg. 11.5 (61st)
TD 9 (t-7th)
Points, non-kicker 54 (t-22nd)

Jake Bailey
Net Punting Avg. 39.6 (21st)
Gross Punting Avg. 47.3 (7th)
Kickoff Touchbacks 38 (t-18th)

J.C. Jackson 8 (2nd)
Kyle Dugger 4 (t-11th)
Adrian Phillips 4 (t-11th)
Devin McCourty  3 (t-20th)
Myles Bryant 1(t-105th)
Jamie Collins 1 (t-105th)
Jonathan Jones 1 (t-105th)
Kyle Van Noy 1 (t-105th)

Matt Judon 12.5 (t-7th)
Kyle Van Noy 4 (t-82nd)

Gunner Olszewski
Punt return Avg. 12.0 (2nd)

Nick Folk
Points, kicker 144 (1st)
Field goals made 35 (t-1st)
Field goals attempted 38 (t-1st)

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