By The Numbers: A Statistical Preview of the New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
The Patriots and Dolphins renew their rivalry for the 93rd time Sunday. (USA TODAY Images)
Here is a statistical breakdown of the Patriots and Dolphins, heading into their week 15 game in Miami Gardens. The stats underlined in green heavily favor the Patriots, while those in red italics favor the Dolphins.
The first thing that jumped out at me while compiling these was that Miami is overall statistically a far superior opponent than either of the last two teams the Patriots faced, Houston and Cleveland. While both the Browns and Texans had a few stats that they ranked at or near the top in the NFL, both of those clubs were near the bottom in turnovers and other stats such as yards per point that are effected by turnovers. The Patriots continue to rise in offensive rankings while dropping in defensive rankings, which should be of no surprise to anybody that has watched the last few games.
Turnover differential: Pats 9th (+6), Dolphins 13th (+2) Special Teams DVOA: Pats 4th (6.1%), Dolphins 26th (-3.6%) Penalty yards differential per game: Pats 2nd (+16.2), Dolphins 6th (+11.1)
Points per game: Pats 5th (26.8), Dolphins 21st (22.0) Yards per game: Pats 8th (386), Dolphins 24th (325) 3rd down efficiency: Pats 16th (37.1%), Dolphins 22nd (35.8%) Red Zone (TD) efficiency: Pats 11th (57.4%), Dolphins 17th (54.8%) Yards per play: Pats 14th (5.4), Dolphins 23rd (5.1) Yards per drive: Pats 12th (32.5), Dolphins 23rd (26.9) Yards per point: Pats 12th (14.4), Dolphins 16th (14.8) Points per drive: Pats 7th (2.16), Dolphins 23rd (1.65) Three and out: Pats 4th (17.9%), Dolphins 15th (21.9 %) Offensive DVOA: Pats 6th (11.8 %), Dolphins 17th (-0.7%) Turnovers: Pats 12th (18), Dolphins 15th (20)
Passing yards per game: Pats 8th (266), Dolphins 19th (229) Yards per pass attempt: Pats 16th (7.0), Dolphins 22nd (6.8) Completion percentage: Pats 15th (60.8), Dolphins 13th (62.0) Passer rating: Pats 11th (88.3), Dolphins 19th (84.0) TD-Interceptions: Pats 10th (+12, 21:9), Dolphins 20th (+6, 20:14) Sacks-yardage lost: Pats 17th (36-228), Dolphins 32nd (48-337) Passing DVOA: Pats 8th (23.6%), Dolphins 15th (6.2%)
Rushing ypg: Pats 13th (120.0), Dolphins 23rd (95.8) Yards per carry: Pats 15th (4.20), Dolphins 13th (4.28) Stuffed (loss or zero gain): Pats 6th (7.5%), Dolphins 27th (11.0%) Rushing DVOA: Pats 9th (2.4%), Dolphins 18th (-5.0%)
Points per game: Pats 10th (22.1), Dolphins 9th (21.2) Yards per game: Pats 24th (372), Dolphins 16th (349) 3rd down efficiency: Pats 31st (43.8%), Dolphins 13th (36.9%) Red Zone (TD) efficiency: Pats 19th (57.5%), Dolphins 10th (51.2%) Yards per play: Pats 15th (5.31), Dolphins 12th (5.15) Yards per drive: Pats 18th (29.9), Dolphins 16th (29.6) Yards per point: Pats 8th (16.9), Dolphins 11th (16.4) Points per drive: Pats 9th (1.66), Dolphins 12th (1.73) Defensive DVOA: Pats 16th (-0.7%), Dolphins 13th (-3.2%) Turnovers: Pats 8th (24), Dolphins 15th (22)
Passing yards per game: Pats 16th (236), Dolphins 13th (230) Yards per pass attempt: Pats 12th (6.9), Dolphins 11th (6.9) Completion percentage: Pats 3rd (56.5), Dolphins 10th (58.7) Passer rating: Pats 8th (80.4), Dolphins 3rd (76.1) TD-Interceptions: Pats 13th (-7, 21:14), Dolphins 4th (+1, 15:16) Sacks-yardage lost: Pats 10th (36-242), Dolphins 6th (40-259) Passing DVOA: Pats 9th (-6.2%), Dolphins 7th (-7.4%)
Rushing ypg: Pats 31st (135.8), Dolphins 23rd (118.8) Yards per carry: Pats 26th (4.47), Dolphins 19th (4.19) Stuffed (loss or zero gain): Pats 27th (6.8%), Dolphins 23rd (7.9%) Rushing DVOA: Pats 31st (4.2%), Dolphins 30th (3.9%)
All-time the Patriots are 44-49 versus the Dolphins, plus 2-1 in the playoffs. New England is 18-8 against Miami with Bill Belichick as the head coach, and 17-4 with Tom Brady as their quarterback. The Patriots have won seven straight, nine of the last ten, and eleven of their last twelve games against Miami. The last time the Dolphins defeated the Patriots was four years ago on December 6, 2009, when Brady was picked off twice in the fourth quarter and Dan Carpenter kicked a field goal to win it 22-21 with 1:02 left to play; that was the fifth straight loss on the road for the Pats that season.
One final stat: wins and losses. The Patriots are tied for the third best record in the NFL at 10-3, while the Dolphins are tied with four other teams for the NFL’s 12th best record at 7-6.
By The Numbers: A Statistical Preview of the Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots
Here is a statistical breakdown of the Patriots and Browns, heading into their week 14 game in Foxborough. The stats underlined in green heavily favor the Patriots, while those in red italics favor the Browns. The Pats do a much better job with turnovers on both sides of the ball and with both their running and passing game on offense. Cleveland has a very good run defense, but similar to what we saw with Pittsburgh and Houston, though they look good in the official NFL stats (i.e., yardage), they don’t do a very good job taking the ball away by forcing turnovers to get their offense back on the field.
Turnover differential: Pats 6th (+8), Browns 27th (-9) Special Teams DVOA: Pats 4th (6.1%), Browns 18th (0.0%) Penalty yards differential per game: Pats 3rd (+14.1), Browns 21st (-5.4)
Points per game: Pats 6th (26.8), Browns 28th (19.3) Yards per game: Pats 9th (378), Browns 21st (332) 3rd down efficiency: Pats 18th (36.8%), Browns 30th (33%) Red Zone (TD) efficiency: Pats 11th (56.0%), Browns 8th (59.3%) Yards per play: Pats 16th (5.31), Browns 27th (4.84) Yards per drive: Pats 12th (32.5), Browns 25th (26.7) Yards per point: Pats 9th (14.1), Browns 28th (17.3) Points per drive: Pats 9th (2.09), Browns 30th (1.52) Three and out: Pats 7th (18.8%), Browns 21st (24.3%) Offensive DVOA: Pats 5th (15.7%), Browns 28th (-17.0%) Turnovers: Pats 9th (16), Browns 25th (23)
Passing yards per game: Pats 10th (255), Browns 12th (250) Yards per pass attempt: Pats 20th (6.9), Browns 29th (6.4) Completion percentage:Pats 16th (60.7), Browns 31st (55.3) Passer rating: Pats 14th (88.0), Browns 27th (76.2) TD-Interceptions: Pats 9th (19:8), Browns 21st (21:15) Sacks-yardage lost: Pats 15th (32-207), Browns 30th (42-291) Passing DVOA: Pats 8th (23.6%), Browns 29th (-12.4%)
Rushing ypg: Pats 12th (123), Browns 28th (82) Yards per carry: Pats 15th (4.21), Browns 27th (3.73) Stuffed (loss or zero gain): Pats 6th (7.7%), Browns 21st (10.2%) Rushing DVOA: Pats 9th (2.4%), Browns 26th (-12.1%)
Points per game: Pats 10th (21.8), Browns 19th (24.8) Yards per game: Pats 20th (362), Browns 4th (307) 3rd down efficiency: Pats 30th (43.6%), Browns 28th (41.6%) Red Zone (TD) efficiency: Pats 21st (57.9%), Browns 30th (64.7%) Yards per play: Pats 13th (5.16), Browns 1st (4.44) Yards per drive: Pats 18th (29.9), Browns 1st (25.1) Yards per point: Pats 11th (16.7), Browns 31st (12.4) Points per drive: Pats 9th (1.66), Browns 15th (1.82) Defensive DVOA: Pats 16th (-0.7%), Browns 24th (6.6%) Turnovers: Pats 5th (24), Browns 26th (14)
Passing yards per game: Pats 10th (224), Browns 5th (208) Yards per pass attempt: Pats 7th (6.7), Browns 2nd (5.8) Completion percentage: Pats 1st (55.6), Browns 12th (59.5) Passer rating: Pats 5th (76.7), Browns 13th (83.1) TD-Interceptions: Pats 8th (18-14), Browns 22nd (21-9) Sacks-yardage lost: Pats 8th (35-237), Browns 30th (33-153) Passing DVOA: Pats 9th (-6.2%), Browns 20th (13.0%)
Rushing ypg: Pats 31st (138.2), Browns 5th (98.9) Yards per carry: Pats 26th (4.48), Browns 3rd (3.47) Stuffed (loss or zero gain): Pats 28th (6.8%), Browns 16th (9.4%) Rushing DVOA: Pats 31st (4.2%), Browns 15th (-5.4%)
One final stat: wins and losses. The Patriots are now tied for the third best record at 9-3, while the Browns are tied with Oakland and Buffalo for the NFL’s 24th best record at 4-8.
I know, lies, damn lies, and statistics – but a cursory look at the statistics for these two clubs points to the critical importance of turnovers in relation to wins and losses in the NFL. Underlines are used to highlight stats that heavily favor the Patriots, and italics are used to highlight those stats that favor the Texans.
No varsity letterman jackets for Houston this week
Turnover differential: Pats 6th (+8), Texans 30th (-12) Special Teams DVOA: Pats 3rd (6.5%), Texans 30th (-8.3%) Penalty yards differential per game: Pats 3rd (+12.5), Texans 26th (-8.6)
Points per game: Pats 8th (25.4), Texans 30th (18.0) Yards per game: Pats 9th (371), Texans 11th (364) 3rd down efficiency: Pats 18th (55-151, 36%), Texans 27th (55-162, 34%) Red Zone (TD) efficiency: Pats 16th (25-47, 53%), Texans 30th (13-29, 45%) Yards per play: Pats 21st (5.20), Texans 18th (5.23) Yards per drive: Pats 12th (32.6), Texans 17th (29.5) Yards per point: Pats 10th (14.2), Texans 31st (20.1) Points per drive: Pats 14th (2.01), Texans 30th (1.45) Three and out: Pats 8th (18.9%), Texans 9th (19.7%) Offensive DVOA: Pats 11th (8.7%), Texans 26th (-12.8%) Turnovers: Pats 10th (15), Texans 23rd (20)
Passing yards per game: Pats 14th (245), Texans 11th (247) Yards per pass attempt: Pats 25th (6.7), Texans 24th (6.8) Completion percentage: Pats 18th (59.8), Texans 16th (60.2) Passer rating: Pats 16th (86.3), Texans 23rd (80.3) TD-Interceptions: Pats 9th (17:7), Texans 22nd (16:13) Sacks-yardage lost: Pats 19th (31-201), Texans 29th (30-263) Passing DVOA: Pats 14th (16.1%), Texans 26th (-5.1%)
Rushing ypg: Pats 10th (126), Texans 14th (116) Yards per carry: Pats 12th (4.3), Texans 9th (4.4) Stuffed (loss or zero gain): Pats 7th (7.7%), Texans 11th (8.8%) Rushing DVOA: Pats 7th (5.8%), Texans 24th (-11.6%)
Points per game: Pats 9th (20.9), Texans 26th (26.3) Yards per game: Pats 21st (360), Texans 1st (290) 3rd down efficiency: Pats 30th (73-168, 43%), Texans 12th (55-151, 36%) Red Zone (TD) efficiency: Pats 14th (19-35, 54%), Texans 30th (23-35, 66%) Yards per play: Pats 11th (5.06), Texans 6th (4.96) Yards per drive: Pats 17th (29.8), Texans 6th (26.4) Yards per point: Pats 7th (17.2), Texans 32nd (11.1) Points per drive: Pats 7th (1.54), Texans 21st (1.93) Defensive DVOA: Pats 14th (-2.1%), Texans 20th (2.8%) Turnovers: Pats 4th (23), Texans 30th (8)
Passing yards per game: Pats 9th (220), Texans 1st (172) Yards per pass attempt: Pats 7th (6.5), Texans 8th (6.7) Completion percentage: Pats 2nd (56.0), Texans 7th (58.1) Passer rating: Pats 6th (77.4), Texans 21st (92.4) TD-Interceptions: Pats 12th (18-13), Texans 30th (18-4) Sacks-yardage lost: Pats 8th (34-229), Texans 24th (27-165) Passing DVOA: Pats 13th (0.3%), Texans 25th (14.7%)
Rushing ypg: Pats 31st (139.7), Texans 22nd (118.5) Yards per carry: Pats 26th (4.5), Texans 22nd (4.2) Stuffed (loss or zero gain): Pats 29th (6.7%), Texans 14th (9.7%) Rushing DVOA: Pats 19th (-4.9%), Texans 10th (-9.5%)
One final stat: wins and losses. The Patriots are tied for the fifth best record at 8-3, while the Texans are tied with Jacksonville and Atlanta for the NFL’s worst record at 2-9.
Who: 3-3 New Jersey Jets at 3-3 New England Patriots
When: Sunday, October 21 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
TV: Most CBS stations nationwide; DirecTV channel 712; announcers are Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Radio: 98.5 and the Patriots Radio Network; Sirius channel 93, XM channel 226 and SiriusXM internet channel 818
Vegas Line: Patriots opened as 13 point favorites; that’s down to Pats -10.5 as of Friday
Over/Under: steady at 47 to 47.5 depending on where you look
Weather: Sunny; high of 61Â°, low of 43Â°; 10 mph winds; 0% chance of rain
Patriots Offense vs Jets Defense Points Per Game: Pats 31.2 (1st) – Jets 23.5 (19th) Yards Per Game: Pats 445.3 (1st) – Jets 359.8 (18th) Turnovers (YTD): Pats 6 (3rd) – Jets 11 (10th) First Downs: Pats 177 (1st) – Jets 129 (25th) Third Downs: Pats 41 (1st), 46.6% (2nd) – Jets 37 (30th), 45.7% (30th) Red Zone TD: Pats 55.2% (14th) – Jets 55.6% (19th) DVOA: Pats 28.4% (2nd) – Jets -2.0% (14th) Yards Per Point: Pats 14.2 (11th) – Jets 15.3 (17th)
Patriots Pass Offense vs Jets Pass Defense Yards Per Game: Pats 293.0 (3rd) – Jets 209.3 (6th) Yards Per Attempt: Pats 7.6 (11th) – Jets 6.7 (10th) Completion Percentage: Pats 65.8 (10th) – Jets 54.9 (4th) Passer Rating: Pats 97.2 (6th) – Jets 71.1 (4th) Touchdowns: Pats 10 (8th) – Jets 6 (6th) Interceptions: Pats 3 (2nd) – Jets 7 (9th) Sacks: Pats 13 (15th) – Jets 9 (27th) Sack Yardage: Pats 87 (20th) – Jets 42 (27th)
Patriots Run Offense vs Jets Run Defense Yards Per Game: Pats 152.3 (4th) – Jets 150.5 (28th) Yards Per Carry: Pats 4.2 (10th) – Jets 4.7 (26th) Touchdowns: Pats 10 (2nd) – Jets 8 (29th) Fumbles Lost: Pats 1 (9th) – Jets 1 (17th)
Patriots vs Jets Full Team Stats Turnover Differential: Pats +10 (1st) – Jets +1 (13th) Points Differential: Pats +51 (6th) – Jets -8 (19th) Penalty Yards Per Game: Pats 52.0 (10th) – Jets 61.7 (23rd) Opponent Penalty YPG: Pats 46.2 (25th) – Jets 58.3 (17th) Total DVOA: Pats 25.1% (6th) – Jets -2.4% (17th)
Jets Offense vs Patriots Defense Points Per Game: Jets 22.2 (20th) – Pats 22.8 (15th) Yards Per Game: Jets 295.5 (30th) – Pats 371.5 (22nd) First Downs: Jets 104 (23rd) – Pats 118 (20th) Third Downs: Jets 32 (10th), 39.0% (16th) – Pats 32 (21st), 42.1% (23rd) Red Zone TD: Jets 52.6% (16th) – Pats 60.0% (23rd) DVOA: Jets -15.3% (27th) – Pats 3.8% (18th) Yards Per Point: Jets 13.3 (6th) – Pats 16.3 (11th)
Jets Pass Offense vs Patriots Pass Defense Yards Per Game: Jets 184.3 (30th) – Pats 288.8 (28th) Yards Per Attempt: Jets 6.4 (29th) – Pats 8.1 (27th) Completion Percentage: Jets 50.0 (32nd) – Pats 64.4 (24th) Passer Rating: Jets 71.5 (30th) – Pats 100.9 (27th) Touchdowns: Jets 8 (12th) – Pats 15 (30th) Interceptions: Jets 6 (18th) – Pats 6 (15th) Sacks: Jets 11 (10th) – Pats 11 (20th) Sack Yardage: Jets 51 (4th) – Pats 41 (28th)
Jets Run Offense vs Patriots Run Defense Yards Per Game: Jets 111.2 (15th) – Pats 82.7 (5th) Yards Per Carry: Jets 3.8 (23rd) – Pats 3.4 (3rd) Touchdowns: Jets 4 (13th) – Pats 2 (4th) Fumbles Lost: Jets 0 (1st) – Pats 4 (1st)
Patriots lead the all-time series between these two original AFL franchises 53-52-1; they are currently tied 51-51-1 in the regular season while the Pats hold a 2-1 lead in the post season. Overall the Pats have outscored the Jets 2388 to 2233 through the years.
The Patriots swept the series last year, winning 30-21 on October 9 in Foxboro and then 37-16 on the road on November 13. Those two wins put a halt to a run by the Jets where they had won four of the previous six games. Before that the Patriots had won four in a row, 11 of 12, and 13 of the previous 15 games.
2011 was the first season series sweep since 2007; the Patriots also swept the series in 2005, 2004 and 2003; in all the Patriots have swept the Jets 14 times. The last time the Jets swept the series was in 2000.
The Patriots are 8-4 all-time against the Jets at Gillette Stadium and are 28-25-1 all-time as the home team.
The Patriots are 17-9 against the Jets since Bill Belichick became the team’s head coach.
The Jets are 3-4 against the Patriots since Rex Ryan became their head coach.
Since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994 the Patriots are 24-14 vs. the Jets.
Tom Brady is 16-5 versus the Jets all time. Against the Jets he has had a passer rating of 100 or more eight times; his highest rating was 148.8 from 2010. Brady has also had six games with a completion percentage of 70% or better, with a high of 78.6% in 2007.
- Cashing in on opportunities: 39.1% of points scored by the Jets this year have either come on a defensive touchdown (two interception returns) or on a possession immediately following a takeaway; that ranks first in the NFL.
- Limiting opportunities: 7.3% of points allowed by the Pats have come via defensive touchdown (none) or on possessions following a turnover; that also ranks first in the NFL this season.
- The myth of the ‘blueprint’ to beating the Patriots is to pressure Tom Brady with a blitz: in 2011 opponents blitzed the Pats on 31% of their passing plays (200 times), and Brady completed 62% of those passes (3rd highest percentage). This year opponents have blitzed the Pats on 25% of their passing plays (63 out of 257) and Brady has completed passes 69% of the time (2nd highest percentage).
- Jets blitzing less often: In 2010 the Jets led the league by blitzing on 57% of their opponent’s pass plays. In 2011 that figure was down to 47%, which ranked 4th; this year it is down again to an 8th-ranked 42% of opponent’s pass plays.
- Last week: the Patriots lost in the last minute 24-23 at Seattle; the Jets defeated the Colts in New Jersey 35-9.
- Since the 2002 NFL realignment to eight four-team divisions this is the first time in week 6 or later that all four teams in one division have been tied for 1st place.
- The Patriots will be wearing their red throwback jerseys and Pat Patriot helmets this weekend against the Jets; the Pats are 8-3 when they wear their throwback uniforms.
- Since Gillete Stadium opened in 2002 the Patriots are 68-14 at home in the regular season.
- CB Kyle Arrington played football at nearby Hofstra University, where the Jets held training camp from
- S Steve Gregory was born in Brooklyn NY and went to Curtis High School in Staten Island NY.
- DL Justin Francis played football at Rutgers University
- Escape From New York: RB Danny Woodhead and CB Marquice Cole are both former Jets.
- The Jets also have some ties to New England: QB Coach Matt Cavanaugh was a second round draft pick of the Patriots in 1978 and played for the Pats from 1978-82. … RB Rex Hilliard was with the Pats earler this year for a cup of coffee. … OL Coach Dave DeGuglielmo was born in Cambridge MA, graduated from Lexington High School in 1986 and played at BU. … Defensive Quality Control Coach Brian Smith coached for seven years at UMass. … OC Tony Sparano is from West Haven CT native; he played and coached at the University of New Haven and also coached at BU. … DE Mike DeVito is from Wellfleet MA and played his college football at Maine. … OL Vladimir Ducasse played at UMass.
This Day In Patriots History
October 19, 1962: Jim Colclough caught only two passes but they were both second half touchdowns as the Patriots rallied to overcame a 20-3 deficit and beat the Chargers 24-20 at Nickerson Field.
October 19, 1975: Andy Johnson‘s 3-yard run gives the Pats a 1st half lead and then his 66-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter seals the win as the Pats get their first victory of the season, 21-10 over the Baltimore Colts at Schaefer Stadium.
October 19, 1980: Horace Ivory‘s 98-yard kickoff 3rd quarter kickoff return gives the Pats the lead and John Smith kicks three field goals as the Patriots overcome a tough Colts run defense to win 37-21 at Memorial Stadium. The win put Ron Erhardt‘s club in sole possession of first place with a 6-1 record, passing the Buffalo Bills who lost 17-14 at Miami that day.
October 19, 1986:
The Patriots defense forced four turnovers and shut out the Pittsburgh Steelers 34-0 at Three Rivers Stadium. Steve Grogan threw three touchdown passes, Fred Marion had a 37-yard pick six, and the Pats D limited Pittsburgh to just 168 total yards of offense for the win.
October 19, 1997: Glenn Foley goes 17 for 23 in relief of Neil O’Donnell as the Jets come from behind to beat the Pats 24-19 at the Meadowlands.
October 19, 1998: Robert Edwards rushes for 104 yards and a touchdown but Kyle Brady catches two one-yard touchdown passes from Vinny Testaverde as the Jets beat the Patriots 24-14 at Foxboro Stadium on Monday Night Football.
October 19, 2003:
In a game I was privileged to witness in personÂ Troy Brown catches a pass on the left sideline in full stride that goes for a game-winning 82 yard touchdown to defeat the Dolphins 19-13 in overtime in hot and humid Miami. The Pats were without several starters on defense that day and got a reprieve when Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare missed two would be game winning field goals when he had to kick from the dirt of the baseball infield at Pro Player Stadium.
October 19, 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Missouri en route to a gig at Louisiana State University.
New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 9 TV: DirecTV channel 704; also on 85 CBS affiliates in the US Radio: Sirius channel 132, XM internet 818; 98.5 in Boston and 39 other stations Vegas Odds: Pats opened at -6Â½; now -4Â½ to -5Â½ with most at -5 Over/Under: opened at 48Â½; now at 47 Money Line: opened at NE -310, TN +260; now from NE -220 to -270 and TN from +180 to +210, with most at NE -240, TN +200
New England Injuries: Out: RB Shane Vereen (left foot); Questionable: CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), CB Sterling Moore (knee), TE Daniel Fells (shin), OL Nick McDonald (shoulder), RT Sebastian Vollmer (back); Probable: S Patrick Chung (shoulder)
Tennessee Injuries: Out: reserve OT Mike Otto (hand, knee); Doubtful: starting LDT Senâ€™Derrick Marks (knee); Questionable: reserve DE Scott Solomon (knee), starting RDT Jurrell Casey (elbow), reserve MLB Zac Diles (hamstring)
2011 Stats – Patriots
13-3; AFC East champions; AFC champions
Offense: 32.1 points per game (3rd), 428.0 yards per game (2nd)
Passing: 318 yards per game (2nd), 8.6 yards per attempt (2nd)
Rushing: 110.3 yards per game (20th), 4.0 yards per attempt (24th)
Turnovers: 17 giveaways (3rd), 34 takeaways (3rd), net +17 (3rd)
Defense: 21.4 points per game (15th), 411.1 yards per game (31st)
Passing: 294 yards per game (31st), 8.0 yards per attempt (29th)
Rushing: 117.1 yards per game (17th), 4.6 yards per attempt (24th)
2011 Stats – Titans
9-7; 2nd place in AFC South; missed playoffs
Offense: 20.3 points per game (21st), 335.1 yards per game (17th)
Passing: 245 yards per game (12th), 7.0 yards per attempt (18th)
Rushing: 89.9 yards per game (31st), 3.8 yards per attempt (29th)
Turnovers: 22 giveaways (9th), 23 takeaways (20th), net +1 (13th)
Defense: 19.8 points per game (8th), 355.1 yards per game (18th)
Passing: 227 yards per game (14th), 6.4 yards per attempt (4th)
Rushing: 128.3 yards per game (24th), 4.5 yards per attempt (22nd)
Wes Welker need four catches to become the all time receptions leader in Pats franchise history
Numbers and Factoids
Patriots lead all-time series vs Titans/Oilers 22-16-1, which includes a 1-1 record in the post season. For two teams that entered the AFL together in the same division 52 years ago I would have thought they would have faced off against each other more often than that.
The Patriots have outscored the Titans 959 to 794 in those 39 games.
The Patriots have won the last four games between these two teams. The last time they played was in 2009 when the Pats won in the snow 59-0. The last game at LP Field was on New Years Eve in 2006; the Pats won 40-23.
The Pats are 5-1 since the Oilers moved to Tennessee. The lone win was in 2002 when Eddie George, Robert Holcombe and Steve McNair ran for 238 yards en route to a 24-7 final score.
Going back to 1981 the Patriots have won ten of the last thirteen games between the two teams.
The Titans/Oilers are 10-6 all time at home against the Pats and 1-1 at LP Field.
Bill Belichick is 8-7 versus the Titans/Oilers all time as a head coach.
The Patriots and Titans are two of just four NFL teams to have not turned the ball over during their opening possession in 2011.
The Patriots have won eight consecutive week one games, which is the longest active opening week winning streak in the NFL.
The Titans are 8-5 in week one games at LP Field.
This will be the 139th consecutive sellout at LP Field; the Titans have sold out every game played there going back to its opening in 1999.
Rob Bironas has converted on 15 consecutive field goals, which is the sixth longest such streak in NFL history.
If Bironas converts on a field goal of at least 40 yards then it will mark the 11th consecutive game in which he has accomplished that feat, which is an NFL record.
Bironas converted 6 out of 7 field goal attempts of at least 50 yards last year; the only miss being from 66 yards. For his career he is 21-29 from 50+ yards; his 72.4% conversion percentage on kicks from that distance is the bet in NFL history.
Nate Washington needs 16 yards receiving to reach 4,000 yards receiving in his career.
Washington currently has a streak of 62 consecutive games with a reception.
Wes Welker (554) needs four receptions to pass Troy Brown (557) as the Pats all time career leader in receptions. The only other Patriot with more than 500 career catches is Stanley Morgan, who had 534.
Tennessee was flagged for 29 special team penalties, which was not only the most in the league last year but also the most in the NFL since 2005.
Tom Brady has a career record of 124-35 as an NFL starting quarterback.
Jake Locker has a career record of 0-0 in the NFL.
On this date in 1973 Brothers and Sisters hit number in record sales; album would remain number one for five weeks. Though Ramblin’ Man got much more airplay, I have always thought Jessica was a much better song. Here’s a video of the Allman Brothers playing the tune at Great Woods from 1991.
Julian Edelman returned 28 punts for 300 yards in 2011, including a 72-yarder for a touchdown against the Chiefs.
A couple other things stood out to me as well. For as many special team aces as Bill Belichick likes to keep on the roster, those two plus Sergio Brown were the only ones that logged more than 50% of the ST snaps. The special teams units are quite diverse: while there is a core group of eight (seven if you exclude kicker Stephen Gostkowki) logging 40% of the snaps, after that there are a lot of players participating on the kamikaze squads. Fifteen players participated in 30% or more of the snaps, 19 in at least 25%, and 26 – that’s essentially half ofÂ a 53-man roster – were in on at least 17% of the special teams snaps. 36 different players were on the field for at least 10% of the ST snaps, and a whopping 54 players were on the field for at least one special teams snap over the course of the season.
A couple other things that perhaps only I find interesting: Julian Edelman ranked lower than I would have expected, placing 15th on the list with 30% of the snaps, while Devin McCourty (14th, 32%) and Rob Gronkowski (9th, 37%) were a bit higher than anticipated.
In al the Patriots had 460 special teams snaps in 2011. Here is a breakdown of the number of snaps for each of the eight special teams units.