Patriots vs. Lions: Week 12 By the Numbers

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

Week 12 By The Numbers: Offense – Areas of Emphasis

Keeping Brady Upright: 0 sacks in 53 dropbacks = 0.0% sack rate.

League average: 6.0 % sack rate.
Patriots season average: 3.2%

Run The Ball! (Run/pass percentage on 1st & 2nd down): 19 runs, 42 passes (not incl. kneel-downs) = 31.1%.

League-wide: 47.7% run percentage on 1st & 2nd down.
Patriots season average: 45.0%

RB Yards Per Carry (not counting QB or WR runs): 20 carries for 90 yards = 4.5 average.

League average: 4.1 YPC
Patriots season average: 4.1

Stay On the Field: (3rd/4th down success): 7 of 15 = 46.7%

League average: 44.9%
Patriots season average: 44.4%

Trust Watch:

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

25 targets (47.2%) for Edelman and Gronkowski; 28 targets (52.8%) for others.

. REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Brandon LaFell 9 98 10.9 0 16 12
Shane Vereen 8 48 6.0 0 17 9
Tim Wright 5 36 7.2 2 16 6
Danny Amendola 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Team 22 182 8.3 2 17 28

Quarterback rating: 117.6

Brady Deep Ball Watch (throws longer than 15 yards): 2 of 5 for 31 yards, 2 defensive holds drawn, 61.3 QB rating.

Week 12 By The Numbers: Defense – Areas of Emphasis

Getting after the QB: 2 sacks in 48 drop backs = 4.2% sack rate.

League average: 6.0 % sack rate.
Patriots season average: 5.8%

The Run Defense (RB YPC not counting QB or WR runs): 21 carries for 60 yards = 2.9 YPC.

League average: 4.1 YPC
Patriots season average: 4.2 YPC

Defending the WRs

. REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Golden Tate 4 97 24.3 0 42 11
Calvin Johnson 4 58 14.5 0 22 10
Jeremy Ross 3 35 11.7 0 13 5
Corey Fuller 1 13 13.0 0 13 2
Team 12 203 16.9 0 42 28

Quarterback rating: 53.1

Defending TEs

. REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Eric Ebron 2 23 11.5 0 17 7
Joseph Fauria 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
Team 2 23 11.5 0 17 9

Quarterback rating: 39.6

Get Off the field! (3rd/4th down success): The Lions converted 7 of 20 for 35.0%.

League average: 44.9%
Patriots season average: 41.9%

Miscellaneous

Injuries: Guard Dan Connolly left the game with an ankle injury and did not return, though he appeared on the sideline later, suggesting the injury is not long-term. Cornerback Kyle Arrington left the game with an apparent head injury but played some after that. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell left the game late after falling on shoulder and did not return, though the injury does not appear serious.

Penalties: 11 for 84 yards. Total of 95 for 836 yards, most in the NFL in penalties and total yards. Particularly costly was Patrick Chung’s illegal block in the back penalty, nullifying what would have been a Julian Edelman punt return for a touchdown.

One positive statistic: The Patriots entered the game just 20th in kick return average at 22.7 yards per return but Danny Amendola’s one return on the day netted 81 yards and set up New England’s second touchdown.

One negative statistic: With his third-quarter interception, Tom Brady has now been picked four times in the last three games, his highest total in a three-game span since the end of the 2012 season.

The game in one statistic: The Lions drove to the Patriots’ 40-yard line or closer on 6 of their 12 possessions, but tallied just three field goals. This contest was “bend-but-don’t-break” defense at its finest.

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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