Week 5 By the Numbers

Each week, we’ll break down the Patriots numbers in certain key areas of interest and track them to see how they progress over the course of the season.

Offense – Areas of Emphasis

Keeping Brady Upright: 1 sack in 36 dropbacks – 2.8% sack rate.
League average: 5.4 % sack rate.

Run the Ball! Run v. pass percentage on 1st & 2nd down: 35 runs, 31 passes (not including kneel-downs) – 53.0%. An even 27 passes, 27 runs before the fourth-quarter, when the Pats began killing the clock.

League-wide: 47.3% run percentage on 1st & 2nd down.

RB Yards per Carry: (not counting QB or WR runs) 37 carries for 206 yards, a 5.6 average.
League average: 4.2 YPC.

Stay on the Field: (3rd/4th down success, not counting final drive) 7 of 16 – 43.8%.
League average: 43.5%

Trust Watch (Brady’s passing success to receivers other than Edelman/Gronk):

19 targets for Edelman and Gronkowski, 15 to other (44.4% other).

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
T. Wright 5 85 17 1 30 5
B. LaFell 1 20 20 0 20 4
S. Vereen 3 18 6 0 14 3
A. Dobson 1 16 16 0 16 1
J. Develin 1 11 11 0 11 1
D. Amendola 1 7 7 0 7 1
Team 12 157 13.1 1 30 15

Quarterback rating: 132.5

Brady Deep Ball Watch: (passes longer than 15 yards) – 5 of 8 for 111 yards, also drew two defensive penalties – 106.3 QB rating.

 

Defense – Areas of Emphasis

Getting after the QB: 1 sacks in 30 dropbacks – 3.3% sack rate. Cincinnati had not allowed a sack all season before last night.
League average: 5.4 % sack rate.

The Run Defense: (not counting QB or WR runs) 15 carries for 63 yards, 4.2 YPC.
League average: 4.2 YPC.

Get off the Field! (3rd/4th down success) Cincinnati converted 0 of 8 – 0.0%.
League average: 43.5%

Defending the WRs:

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
A. Green 5 81 16.2 1 35 7
M. Sanu 5 70 14 1 37 9
D. Sanzenbacher 1 5 5 0 5 1
J. Wright 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team 11 156 14.2 2 37 18

Quarterback rating: 126.2

Defending TEs:

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
J. Gresham 2 15 7.5 0 12 4
Team 2 15 7.5 0 12 4

Quarterback rating: 59.4. Gresham did drop what would have been a touchdown.

 

Miscellaneous

Injuries: Safety Devin McCourty left with a rib injury and did not return. Defensive tackle Dominique Easley left with a shoulder injury and did not return. Cornerback Darrelle Revis left with a hamstring injury but returned.

Penalties: 12 for 114 yards. Total of 45 for 466 yards, third-most in the NFL in penalties and most in total yards.

One positive statistic: Patriots tight ends Tim Wright and Rob Gronkowski dominated, accounting for 185 of New England’s 292 passing yards (63.3%). Tom Brady had a 147.1 quarterback rating when targeting the duo.

One negative statistic: The Bengals connected on three pass plays that gained more than 35 yards; entering the game, the longest pass play against the Patriots was 33 yards.

The game in one statistic: Patriots owner Robert Kraft donated $25,000 to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in honor of Leah Still, the four-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still who is currently fighting neuroblastoma. Sales of Still’s #75 jersey have already raised $1 MM. Normally, things don’t get better than a lopsided victory, but stamping out pediatric cancer is a bigger goal than the Super Bowl. You can find out more or make a donation here; proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Follow Dave on Twitter @davearchie.

Dave Archibald knows pass defense, specifically how coverage, the pass rush, excellent cornerbacks, versatile safeties and in-game adjustments can make a big difference.

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