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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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Patriots Running Back Position Getting Crowded

The Pats road this unlikely duo into a 14 wins season.

The Patriots offensive backfield finished 2010 strong. However, things did not go according to plan. Former first round pick Laurence Maroney did not take a single snap for the club before being dealt to the Broncos following week one, veteran Fred Taylor was limited to just seven games, and Kevin Faulk saw a significant portion of his season lost, as the true Patriot was limited to just two games before tearing his ACL.

With three veterans out of the mix, some unlikely players stepped in and helped this team garner 14 wins. BenJarvis Green-Ellis became a 1,000 yard rusher and finished tied for second in the NFL with 13 rushing touchdowns. The former undrafted free agent also did not fumble in 241 total touches.

Another impromptu contributor was Danny Woodhead. Woody stepped in after Kevin Faulk went down in week 2 and immediately made an impact. Signed right before the team’s week 2 tilt with the Jets, many believed his signing was part of the rivalry between the two teams and that the team would use him for “information” after he had spent training camp with them. However, the 5’7″ boy wonder turned into a legend with his gaudy performances. Woodhead averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 97 attempts, 11.1 yards per reception on 34 catches, and found pay dirt six total times. In fact, his performance on the field was so great that the Patriots went as far as to extend him three years in the middle of the season.

The Patriots made some noise during the NFL Draft in April when they drafted two running backs. Many “experts” had the team taking one to help get younger at the position, but two certainly crowds things a bit.

Second round pick Shane Vereen out of Cal offers a balanced skill set with a 5.1 yards per carry average over 556 rushes during his three year career. More so, he averaged 9.1 yards per catch with 74 career receptions. He is strong (31 repetitions of 225 pounds at the Combine), fast (ran a 4.5 40-yard dash), and smart (finished his degree in Media Studies in three years).

Third round pick Stevan Ridley out of LSU finally got to take the bulk of the carries last season and certainly impressed. He waited his turn but took on a workman-like load as the featured back and averaged 4.6 yards per carry to go along with 1,147 total rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Prior to him being inserted into the backfield as a fixture, Ridley had 25 total special teams tackles between his redshirt freshman and sophomore season which obviously caught the versatile seeking Patriots.

The Patriots also elected to resign Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris.

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Patriots Making Many Personnel Moves

Chad Ochocinco has referred to New England as ' being in heaven'.

It’s been a couple of crazy days in the NFL, especially in New England. Besides the acquisitions of Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, the Patriots have also made a few other interesting moves that have gone somewhat unnoticed.

Let’s start with some of the players who have been cut.

On Friday, the Pats announced the release of six veteran players: T Nick Kaczur, DT Marcus Stroud, DE Ty Warren, LB Tully Banta-Cain, CB Tony Carter, and TE Alge Crumpler. Obviously, they needed to make room –financially– for Haynesworth and Ocho, but that wasn’t the only reason for some of these cuts. Injuries played a big part as well. Crumpler, an 11-year veteran, was coming off a surgery to his left shoulder to repair the rotator cuff. While he brought a lot of experience to the team, you have to put it in perspective. He was alongside two young great tight ends –Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez– who last year combined for: 87 receptions, 1109 yards, and 16 touchdowns; compared to Crumpler’s six receptions, 52 yards, and two touchdowns. He was a great teacher to the two in their rookie season and this definitely not a surprising move.

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Patriots Land Haynesworth & Ochocinco In Wild Day

Coach Belichick told media he doesn't want to speak about the Haynesworth trade until it's complete.

While other NFL teams were going crazy with trades and signings, the Patriots sat silent without making any moves. Well, the wait is now over. Early this morning ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Pats made a BIG acquisition (pun-intended) by trading a 2013, fifth-round draft pick to Washington for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Two things come to mind when hearing about this trade. One, is Bill Belichick crazy for bringing in a ‘lazy’ defensive tackle? And two, how did the Patriots manage to get him for just a fifth-round draft pick?

Either way, Haynesworth will be joining the Pats 3-4 defense alongside Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren. Combined, those three guys weigh 960 pounds.

But for Belichick and the Pats it’s pretty simple. If Haynesworth turns out to be good, Patriots Nation will continue to praise him as a genius; and rightfully so (disregard 4th down in Indianapolis). If the big man turns out to be a bad, the Pats will just part ways with him as they did with Randy Moss last season. All New England is losing is a 5th round draft pick, so it’s essentially a win-win for them. Read more

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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