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Patriots 2012 Regular Season By The Numbers

On the surface, it is easy for any fan to see just how good or bad of a season their team has had. Whether it be wins and losses or total points put up, some stats tell the story, god or bad, of the year of their favorite team.

What most fans fail to sometimes realize, however, is all the stats that go into making an NFL team successful. Here are a bunch you would never even think to remotely consider about the 2012 season of the New England Patriots.

You name it. If it can be statistically tracked in the NFL, it’s probably in this post.

0 – The number of wins the team had when their leading rusher was under 40 yards for the game (0-2).

0 – The Patriots had no two-point conversions on the year. Just kind of odd.

0.5 – Brandon Bolden averaged half a yard more per carry than Stevan Ridley did.

1 – The number of franchises to score 500 points four different times. New England accomplished that this year after 500-point seasons in 2007, 2010 and 2011 as well.

1 – The New England offense ranked first in the NFL in total yards, yards per game, points and points per game in 2012.

1 – Of the four members of the team who finished the year as the starting secondary, only one (Devin McCourty) was on the team last year. Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib, Steve Gregory were the other three.

1 – Vince Wilfork‘s four forced fumbles were tied for first in the NFL.

1 – The number of full games that tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski were both on the field for the whole contest – the season finale against the Dolphins.

1 – The number of NFL quarterbacks to throw at least one touchdown pass in all 16 regular season games for three straight seasons – Tom Brady in 2010-12.

2 – The number of teams to ever win 10-plus games in 10 consecutive seasons – the Patriots became the second to accomplish that this year.

2 – Their two-game losing streak in Weeks 2 and 3 was tied for their longest losing streak since they lost four straight in the 2002 season.

2 – This season was the second time they have gone undefeated against the AFC East, joining the 2007 team.

2 – The number of teams to ever record 400 first downs in a season – the 2012 Pats and the 2011 Saints.

2 – The number of points that Stephen Gostkowski needed to tie the all-time single-season Patriots scoring record set by Gino Cappelletti in 1964.

3 – Pass plays in the NFL this season longer than Shane Vereen‘s 83-yard reception in Week 12.

3 – It had been three years since the Patriots lost four or more games in a season (10-6 in 2009).

3 – The Pats have scored 500-plus points in three consecutive seasons.

The Patriots' offense has been unstoppable in the three years since drafting this duo.

The Patriots’ offense has been nearly unstoppable in the three years since drafting this duo.

4 – New England had four different players lead the team in receiving in their 16 games – Brandon Lloyd (3), Wes Welker (9), Gronkowski (3) and Vereen (1).

4 – It was Brady’s fourth career season of throwing 30 or more touchdown passes, good for a tie for the fourth-most all-time.

4 – Welker finished four receptions behind league-leader Calvin Johnson, who had 122 on the year.

4 – The Patriots have made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.

4 – The team had four different players lead them in rushing in their 16 games – Ridley (13), Bolden (1), Julian Edelman (1) and Danny Woodhead (1).

5 – There have only been five Patriots running backs to rush for 1,200 yards in the team’s history. Ridley became the fifth this year.

5 – Wilfork was elected to the fifth Pro Bowl of his career and will start on the defensive line for the AFC.

5 – The team has held its opponents to 20 points or less in five of six games since Nov. 18 (5-1).

6 – In 16 games, the Patriots only lost six fumbles.

6 – The Pats finished six spots higher in total defense this year compared to last season when they finished 31st in the league.

6 – New England has been a top-10 offense in the NFL for six straight seasons.

7 – The amount of consecutive games that Brady needs to throw a touchdown pass in to break the all-time record of 54.

7 – New England’s longest winning streak of the year from Week 7 through Week 14.

7 – The number of points that Brady’s total QBR trailed Peyton Manning‘s for tops in the league.

7 – McCourty was one of seven NFL players to return a kickoff more than 100 yards on the year.

7 – The team sent seven members to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

New England's seven Pro Bowlers in 2012 are the third-most in the league.

New England’s seven Pro Bowlers in 2012 are the third-most in the league.

7 – Last year’s NFL leader in interceptions, Kyle Arrington, had seven fewer interceptions in 2012 than a year ago. He had seven in 2011.

8 – The number of years it had been since the team had a 1,200-yard rusher before this year. Corey Dillon rushed for 1,635 yards in 2004.

8 – Rob Ninkovich led the team with eight sacks on the year.

8 – The Pats had eight return TD’s on the season.

9 – The number of games in which the starting offensive line of Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly and Logan Mankins were all on the field together.

9 – Brady now ranks ninth on the NFL’s all-time passing list with 44,806 yards. He needs 1,427 yards to pass Vinny Testaverde.

9 – Ridley finished the season as one of just nine non-kickers in the top-40 in the league in scoring.

9 – The team has a nine-game division win streak heading into next season.

10 – The number of consecutive 10-win seasons for the Patriots – the second longest such streak ever (16).

10 – The team scored 30-plus points 10 times in their 16 games in 2012 (8-2).

10 – The number of players who had a rushing attempt for the Pats in 2012 led by Ridley’s 290 carries.

10 – New England had 10 more sacks than it allowed in 2012.

11 – They also had 11 more interceptions than their opponents did.

11 – The combined number of points New England fell by in its four losses against the Cardinals (2), Ravens (1), Seahawks (1) and 49ers (7).

11 – The number of current and former Pro Bowl running backs that Ridley out-rushed in 2012.

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Ground Game Gets It Done Again As Patriots Hold On To Beat Broncos

Same old song and dance (and face): Peyton Manning’s record against Tom Brady dropped to 4-9 after the Broncos fell to the Patriots 31-21 yesterday.

Sunday marked the latest chapter in the storied rivalry between quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. As the rivalry resumed in Foxboro after a one-year hiatus, an entertaining and hard-fought game (as well as some rain) was in the forecast.

Brady was coming off a 6-touchdown performance against Denver in last years AFC Divisional Playoff game, but that was against Tim Tebow and not Manning.

This one was sure to be a tougher test than last January’s blowout en route to the Super Bowl and much to the delight (and relief) of Pats Nation, the old New England Patriots appear to be back.

After getting out to a 24-point lead, but then giving up 14 straight points, New England’s defense bore down and they held on for the victory, 31-21 in front of another Gillette Stadium sellout crowd.

Manning began the game well, driving the Broncos down the field and into the red zone. He completed a long pass to Demaryius Thomas, who ran inside the Patriots 20 before Sterling Moore knocked the ball out of his hands and New England recovered. Thomas beat Moore on the play, but Sterling was able to recover and chase him down to force the strip. It was Thomas’ third fumble in the last three weeks.

New England had the ball just 2:38 into the game, but unlike last week’s game-opening drive, however, the Pats proceeded to go three and out. Jerod Mayo sacked Manning on 3rd & long on the Broncos ensuing drive, however, to give the ball right back to the home team.

New England’s second drive looked much more like last week’s dominant performance. They mixed in a lot of runs with Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden before Brady threw a touchdown pass to Wes Welker for his first TD reception of the year. Welker had five catches on the methodical 11-play drive.

Ridley carried the ball five times for 33 yards. Brady was 5-5 on the drive for 49 yards with four of the receptions going to Welker.

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Running Backs Ridley and Vereen Have Golden Opportunity With Patriots (Videos)

The Patriots were quite active in free agency this NFL off-season. Bringing in headline free agents in receiver Brandon Lloyd, defensive end Jonathan Fanene, and safety Steve Gregory, the Pats retooled positions of need.

One position that the team put less of a focus on was running back. The team let their consistent back BenJarvis Green-Ellis walk in free agency, allowing the Bengals to sign him to a three year pact. The Law-Firm was a secure ball handler who had a nose for the end zone, but as always, Coach Belichick did what he felt was best for the team.

Perhaps the team felt comfortable in letting BJGE because of the two second year backs they have in the stable, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Ridley, a third round pick, came on strong in weeks 15, 16, and 17, receiving 39 carries and averaging 5.4 yards per attempt. However, lost fumbles in week 17 and in the AFC Divisional playoff game saw Ridley ride the pine the rest of the way.

The LSU product doesn’t have all that many miles on this tires. Seeing his most significant work during his final year with the Tigers, Ridley had 249 totes for 1,147 yards and 15 TDs. Ridley saw just 306 caries in three collegiate seasons.

2011 second round pick Shane Vereen had a rough start to his pro career. A hamstring injury severely limited the speedy back to only 15 carries, but one of those was a 19-yard TD run week 11 against KC that gave us a peak of what the 5’9″ RB has to offer.

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Patriots Flip Dolphins, 27-17

Randy Moss scored the game changing touchdown against Miami.

Randy Moss scored the game changing touchdown against Miami.

Joey Porter did his talking all week saying that Brady got preferential treatment from the referees.

Looks like the Dolphins secondary also gave Brady preferential treatment.

He torched Miami for 332 yards and a 71 yard touchdown to Randy Moss. Brady broke Drew Bledsoe’s team record with his 27th 300 yard passing game and his third in a row.

Both Moss and Welker had their way with the beat up Miami secondary. Moss added another 5 catches to compliment his scoring grab, accumulating 147 total yards.

Welker also made his presence felt in the passing game. He continued to churn out hard fought yards and added 9 more catches to his stellar season.

The Patriots offense has been in full flight over the last 3 games. New England has outscored their opponents, 121-24.

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NFL Week Two Preview: Patriots at Jets

Laurence Maroney and the running game will look to break out against the Jets.

Laurence Maroney and the running game will look to break out against the Jets.

Overview: This battle of unbeaten teams could set the tone for the AFC East in 2009. Many think that if Mark Sanchez is the real deal, the Jets could compete with the Patriots for the division crown.

I expect that when the season is over and ready for analysis the Jets victory at Houston will end up being more impressive than the come-from-behind miracle the Patriots pulled off at home against the Buffalo Bills.

Rex Ryan has obviously brought some swagger and confidence to a defensive unit that badly needed both.

The Patriots stumbled through their opener, but still in the end proved that they are the Patriots and they know how to make the big plays when needed in crunch time.
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Patriots Running Back Committee Has Found A Chairman

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason finale.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the preseason finale.

Benjarvus Green-Ellis does NOT rest his case. The Patriots’ third-string running back made it clear Thursday night that he will not rest anything, least of all opposing defenses.

“The Law Firm” scored three touchdowns in New England’s 38-27 victory over the New York Giants, impressively powering into the end zone, shaking off, dragging along or outrunning every defender who tried to get in his way.

He carried the ball 29 times for 125 yards. He had Tom Brady dancing on the sidelines. Bill Belichick actually smiled. I almost forgot this was a preseason game.

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