Week 11 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 11 By The Numbers: Offense – Areas of Emphasis

Keeping Brady Upright: 0 sacks in 30 dropbacks – 0.0% sack rate.

League average: 6.1 % sack rate.
Patriots season average: 3.7%

Run/pass percentage on 1st & 2nd down: 36 runs, 25 passes (not incl. kneel-downs) – 59.0%.

League-wide: 47.7% run percentage on 1st & 2nd down.
Patriots season average: 46.6%

RB Yards Per Carry: (not counting QB or WR runs) 39 carries for 217 yards, a 5.6 average.

League average: 4.1 YPC
Patriots season average: 4.1

Stay On the Field: (3rd/4th down success): 9 of 12 – 75.0%

League average: 44.9%
Patriots season average: 47.5%

Trust Watch:

Brady’s passing success to receivers other than Julian Edelman & Rob Gronkowski.
13 targets for Edelman and Gronkowski, 16 to other (55.1% other).

PLAYER REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
B. LaFell 3 62 20.7 0 26 4
S. Vereen 4 59 14.8 0 39 4
D. Amendola 2 13 6.5 0 9 2
T. Wright 1 2 2 1 2 2
M. Hoomanawanui 0 0 0 0 0 1
J. Develin 0 0 0 0 0 1
B. Tyms 0 0 0 0 0 2
Team 10 136 13.6 1 39 16

Quarterback rating: 84.4

Brady Deep Ball Watch: (throws longer than 15 yards) 2 of 7 for 48 yards and 2 interceptions – 16.1 QB rating.

Defense – Areas of Emphasis

Getting after the QB: 1 sack in 40 dropbacks – 2.4% sack rate.

League average: 6.1 % sack rate.
Patriots season average: 6.0%

The Run Defense: (RB YPC not counting QB or WR runs) 14 carries for 4 yards, 0.3 YPC.

The Colts had just one rushing first down, at 6:15 left in the fourth quarter.
League average: 4.1 YPC
Patriots season average: 4.3 YPC

Defending the WRs

PLAYER REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
R. Wayne 5 91 18.2 0 46 9
T. Hilton 3 24 8 0 13 7
H. Nicks 2 15 7.5 1 10 5
D. Moncrief 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team 10 130 13 1 46 22

Quarterback rating: 60.8

Defending the TEs

PLAYER REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
C. Fleener 7 144 20.6 0 45 7
A. Castonzo 1 1 1 1 1 1
J. Doyle 0 0 0 0 0 1
Team 8 145 13.2 1 45 9

Quarterback rating: 155.8

Get Off the field! (3rd/4th down success) The Colts converted 6 of 16 – 37.5%.

League average: 44.9%
Patriots season average: 43.0%

Miscellaneous

Injuries: Rookie tackle Cameron Fleming left the game late with an unknown injury and did not return; its severity is not clear … Receiver Julian Edelman appeared to injure his hip early in the game and looked hobbled at times, but he played throughout.

Penalties: 5 for 53 yards. Season total of 84 for 752 yards, second-most in the NFL in penalties and most in total yards.

One positive statistic: The Colts had not scored fewer than 20 points or gained fewer than 341 yards in a game this season, but the Patriots held them to 20 points and just 322 yards.

One negative statistic: Fleener’s 144 receiving yards were second-most by an NFL tight end all season, behind only Gronkowski’s performance against Chicago (149).

The game in one statistic: Gray dominated on the ground, toting the ball 38 times for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns. The 38 rushes and 199 yards are the most for a Patriots running back since Hall-of-Famer Curtis Martin carried 40 times for 199 yards in Week 3 of 1997. The four touchdowns were a first for a Patriots running back in the regular season, though LeGarrette Blount had four against these same Colts in the playoff meeting in January.

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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