Week 9 Patriots By the Numbers

Each week, Inside The Pylon tracks the New England Patriots by the numbers and key statistics about the offense and defense.

Offense – Areas of Emphasis

Keeping Brady Upright: 1 sack in 54 dropbacks – 1.9% sack rate.

League average: 5.9 % sack rate.
Patriots season average: 4.0%

Run/pass percentage on 1st & 2nd down: 23 runs, 43 passes (not incl. kneel-downs) – 34.8%.

League-wide: 47.9% run percentage on 1st & 2nd down.
Patriots season average: 44.4%

RB Yards Per Carry: (not counting QB or WR runs) 23 carries for 62 yards, a 2.7 average.

League average: 4.1 YPC
Patriots season average: 3.9

Stay On the Field: (3rd/4th down success): 7 of 17 – 41.1%

League average: 44.9%
Patriots season average: 42.3%

Trust Watch:

Brady’s passing success to receivers other than Julian Edelman & Rob Gronkowski.

20 targets for Edelman and Gronkowski, 29 to other (59.2% other).

 

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
B. LaFell 6 53 8.8 1 18 13
S. Vereen 5 38 7.6 1 18 10
D. Amendola 2 35 17.5 0 21 3
J. Develin 2 13 6.5 0 10 2
J. Gray 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team 15 139 9.3 2 21 29

 

Quarterback rating: 73.8

Brady Deep Ball Watch: (throws longer than 15 yards) 4 of 9 for 85 yards – 78.5 QB rating.

Defense – Areas of Emphasis

Getting after the QB: 1 sack in 58 dropbacks – 1.7% sack rate.

League average: 5.9 % sack rate.
Patriots season average: 6.4%

The run defense: (RB YPC (not counting QB or WR runs) 15 carries for 40 yards, 2.7 YPC.

This was the fewest rushing yards the Patriots have allowed in a game this season.
League average: 4.1 YPC
Patriots season average: 4.5 YPC

Defending the WRs:

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
E. Sanders 10 151 15.1 0 28 16
D. Thomas 7 127 18.1 0 41 11
W. Welker 3 31 10.3 0 14 8
Team 20 309 15.5 0 41 35

Quarterback rating: 62.7

Defending TEs:

 

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
J. Thomas 2 33 16.5 1 18 2
J. Tamme 1 10 10 0 10 5
Team 3 43 14.3 1 18 7

 

Quarterback rating: 103.0

Get Off the field!

(3rd/4th down success) The Broncos converted 3 of 15 – 20.0%. Denver was 0 of 4 converting fourth downs.
League average: 44.9%
Patriots season average: 46.9%

Miscellaneous

Injuries: None reported.

Penalties: 9 for 71 yards.

Total of 79 for 699 yards, most in the NFL in penalties and in total yards.

One positive statistic:

Denver’s poor conversion rate on 3rd down was partially due to New England pinning them in tough situations. The Broncos’ average 3rd-down attempt was 3rd and 9.25 (league average is 7.03). 3rd-and-9 is tough even for a great quarterback like Peyton Manning.

One negative statistic:

Denver’s 429 passing yards was the most the Patriots have allowed all season. The previous high was 268 yards against Buffalo in Week 6.

The game in one statistic:

Brady was 18 of 20 targeting Gronkowski and Edelman for 194 yards and two touchdowns (a 140.4 rating).

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *