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Patriots enter bye week with a 5-1 record

Posted Oct 18, 2011

The New England Patriots beat Dallas, 20-16, last Sunday to improve to a 5-1 record heading into the bye week.

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The New England Patriots beat Dallas, 20-16, last Sunday to improve to a 5-1 record. The Patriots have won five of their first six games of the 2011 season, marking the eighth time in team history that New England has won at least five of its first six games. New England also won five of its first six games in 2010, marking the second time in team history the team has started 5-1 or better through six games in back-to-back years (2006 and 2007). In addition to this year, New England was also 5-1 in 2010, 2006, 1997, 1980, and 1974, and was 6-0 in 2007 and 2004.

BRADY AND WELKER ON RECORD SETTING PACE

TOM BRADY

  • Tom Brady (2,163) is on pace to throw for 5,768 yards. Only two NFL players have thrown for 5,000 or more yards in a season with Dan Marino's NFL record 5,084 in 1984 and Drew Brees' 5,069 in 2008.
  • Brady has 16 touchdowns, putting him on pace for 43 touchdown passes, which would be his second season with 40 or more touchdowns. He had an NFL-record 50 touchdowns in 2007. If Brady reaches 40 touchdowns, he will be just the second NFL player to have two seasons with 40 or more touchdowns. Dan Marino had 48 touchdowns in 1984 and 44 in 1986.


WES WELKER

  • Wes Welker has 51 receptions through six weeks and is on pace for 136, which would be second to Marvin Harrison's single season record of 143, set in 2002. 
  • Welker has 785 receiving yards and is on pace for 2,093, which would break Jerry Rice's record of 1,848 set in 1995.



WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATLEY?


Since their record-setting 2007 season, the Patriots have maintained their spot atop the NFL in terms of both winning percentage and points scored. New England's consistency and achievement in these areas has been unmatched over the last three-plus seasons.

  • Since the beginning of the 2008 season the Patriots have the NFL's highest winning percentage (40-14, .741) and have scored more points (1540) than any other NFL team. Pittsburgh and New Orleans rank second over that span in winning percentage (both 37-17, .685), while New Orleans ranks second in points scored (1534).
  • Since 2009, the Patriots and New Orleans are tied for the best winning percentage (29-9, .763), while the Patriots have scored the most points over that span (1130). New Orleans ranks second in points scored since 2009 with 1071.
  • New England tops the winning percentage and points scored categories since the beginning of the 2010 season, going 19-3 (.864), while scoring 703 points. Baltimore ranks second since 2010 with a 16-5 record (.762), while Green Bay ranks second with 585 points scored.


PATRIOTS DEDICATE 2011 SEASON TO MYRA KRAFT

The New England Patriots announced that they will dedicate the 2011 season to the loving memory of Myra Kraft, who passed away on July 20 after a courageous battle with cancer. Every Patriots player and coach will honor Myra's memory by wearing a patch with her initials on it in recognition of her lifelong contributions to the local and global community and her influence on the charitable mission of the entire Patriots organization. The patch will be worn on the left chest of every player throughout the season.


PATRIOTS WICKED GOOD IN OCTOBER

The Patriots are 32-5 in the month of October since the 2003 season and have won 23 out of their last 25 October games. The Patriots are 18-1 at home and 14-4 on the road during that time in October. New England was 4-0 in October in 2010 and currently has a 9-game win streak in games played during October. The team's last loss during the month was a 20-17 setback in overtime at Denver on 10/11/09.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2011

The Patriots own an overall record of 63-12 (.840) at Gillette Stadium in regular season games. Since their state-of-the-art facility opened at the beginning of the 2002 season, the Patriots own the NFL's best record at home.

RECORD SETTING PACE
QUALIFIER - Six games into the season, a number of Patriots players are on pace for record-breaking seasons. While we know these won't be realistic projections, it is fun to look at what the numbers would be if they continued at this pace.

TOM BRADY

  • Tom Brady (2,163) is on pace to throw for 5,768 yards. Only two NFL players have thrown for 5,000 or more yards in a season with Dan Marino's NFL record 5,084 in 1984 and Drew Brees' 5,069 in 2008.
  • Brady has 16 touchdowns, putting him on pace for 43 touchdown passes, which would be his second season with 40 or more touchdowns. He had an NFL-record 50 touchdowns in 2007. If Brady reaches 40 touchdowns, he will be just the second NFL player to have two seasons with 40 or more touchdowns. Dan Marino had 48 touchdowns in 1984 and 44 in 1986.
  • Brady currently has an NFL record of 31 straight wins as a starter in the regular season at home. The last time the Patriots lost a regular season home game in which Brady started was on Nov. 12, 2006 against the New York Jets. Brady has a current streak of 22 straight games with at least one touchdown pass, a Patriots team record. Brady has 116 wins as a starter and needs one more win to tie Joe Montana (117) for 7th all-time.


JULIAN EDELMAN

  • Julian Edelman has the highest punt return average in Patriots history with a 13.6-yard average (36-489).


BENJARVUS GREEN-ELLIS

  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 18 touchdown runs since the beginning of the 2010 season, tied for the second most in the NFL with Michael Turner. Adrian Peterson has 19 touchdowns.


ROB GRONKOWSKI

  • Rob Gronkowski has five touchdowns so far in 2011, putting him on pace for 13 for the year. The NFL record for most touchdowns in a season by a tight end is 13 by Vernon Davis (SF) in 2009 and Antonio Gates (SD) in 2004. Gronkowski last season set the franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie tight end with 10.
  • Gronkowski has 15 touchdown catches in 22 career NFL games.


WES WELKER

  • Wes Welker has 51 receptions through six weeks and is on pace for 136, which would be second to Marvin Harrison's single season record of 143, set in 2002. 
  • Welker has 785 receiving yards and is on pace for 2,093, which would break Jerry Rice's record of 1,848, set in 1995.
  • Wes Welker had a career-high 217 receiving yards to set a franchise record (09/25/11) at Buffalo, breaking the previous record set by Terry Glenn with 214 receiving yards.
  • Welker has a streak of 67 straight regular season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend a franchise record. TE Ben Coates held the previous mark with 63 straight games.
  • Welker has caught at least one pass in 84 straight regular season games in his NFL career.
  • Welker is tied with six other NFL players as the only players in NFL history to have at least eight receptions, 150 yards and at least one touchdown three times in a single season.


VINCE WILFORK

  • Vince Wilfork has two interceptions so far in 2011 and is one of four Patriots defensive lineman to ever register two career interceptions. Anthony Pleasant (2001) is the only other Patriots defensive lineman to record two interceptions in a single season.


PATRIOTS ARE SHARP AT GILLETTE
The Patriots have now won 20 straight regular season home games dating back to a 47-7 win over Arizona on Dec. 21, 2008. The Patriots own an overall record of 63-12 (.840) at Gillette Stadium in regular season games. Since their state-of-the-art facility opened at the beginning of the 2002 season, the Patriots own the NFL's best record at home all-time.

NFL'S BEST ROAD WARRIORS
Since the start of the 2000 season, the Patriots are tied with Indianapolis for the best regular-season road record at 59-32.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

BY THE NUMBERS

2
The number of games where the Patriots had three players with seven or more receptions: at Miami (9/12) and vs. San Diego (9/18).

2
The number of 2011 draft picks that were in the opening day starting lineup after T Nate Solder started at right tackle and S Ras-I Dowling started at cornerback.

2
The number of interceptions by Vince Wilfork in 2011. Anthony Pleasant (2001) is the only other Patriots defensive lineman to record two interceptions in the same season.

5
The number of touchdown catches by TE Rob Gronkowski in 2011. He is on pace for 13, which would tie an NFL record for tight ends.

7.20
The number of receptions that Wes Welker is averaging during his Patriots career with 483 receptions in 67 games, best in franchise history.

5.27
The average yards per carry by Danny Woodhead during his Patriots career (127 att. for 669 yards), the best average among any Patriots player with at least 100 rushing attempts.

10
The number of career 100-yard receiving games by Deion Branch after he finished with 8 receptions for 129 yards in the win vs. San Diego (9/18).

18
The number of rushing touchdowns by BenJarvus Green-Ellis since the start of the 2010 season, tied for the second most in the NFL.

19
The number of 10-tackle games by LB Jerod Mayo after he finished with a team-high 11 total tackles vs. San Diego (9/18).

51
The number of receptions by Welker in the first six games, which is tied for the second highest total in NFL history for the first six games of the season.

622
The number of total yards by the Patriots in the win at Miami in the season opener, a franchise record. The previous best was 619 yards vs. Tennessee (10/18/09).

785
The number of receiving yards by Wes Welker after six games. In 2010, Welker led the Patriots with 848 total yards to finish 11th in the AFC.

TOM BRADY BY THE NUMBERS

1
The number of NFL quarterbacks that followed a 500-yard performance with a 400-yard performance after Brady had back-to-back games with 517 yards and 423 yards.

4
The number of times that Brady has thrown a game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute of the game to turn a deficit into a Patriots win after a final-minute touchdown vs. Dallas (10/16).

6
The number of times that Brady has finished a season with 25 or more touchdowns. He is the sixth QB in NFL history to have 25 or more touchdown passes in at least six different seasons.

8
The number of times Tom Brady has passed for 3,000 or more yards in a season, a franchise record for most 3,000-yard seasons. He finished the season with 3,900 yards.

11
The number of times an NFL quarterback has thrown for 500 or more yards after Brady threw for 517 in the 2011 opener at Miami.

19
The number of times Tom Brady has earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He earned the award in each of the first two weeks of the 2011 season.

18
The number of NFL quarterbacks that have reached 35,000 yards after Brady (36,907) reached the milestone at Miami (9/12).

31
The number of consecutive regular-season starts that Tom Brady has won at Gillette Stadium, extending an NFL record for most consecutive home wins by a starting quarterback in the regular-season.

38
The number of regular season 300-yard passing games by Tom Brady, a team record. He is in 9th place for the most 300-yard games in NFL history.

87
The number of times that Brady has thrown two or more touchdowns in a game. The Patriots are 74-13 when he throws for two or more touchdowns.

116
The number of wins that Brady has as a starting quarterback. He reached the 100-win milestone in the fewest number of starts (131) among all quarterbacks in the modern era.

1,327
The number of passing yards Brady had in the first three games (517, 423 and 387). Brady's 1,327 yards set the NFL mark for the most passing yards ever in a three-game streatch.

THE KRAFT ERA

3
The number of Super Bowl championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Only Denver (2; 1997 and 1998) and Pittsburgh (2; 2005 and 2008) have won multiple Super Bowl titles since 1994.

5
The number of conference championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Pittsburgh is second with three conference titles since 1994.

10
The number of division championships won by the Patriots since Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

12
The number of playoff seasons earned by the Patriots in the 17 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team.

17
The number of playoff games the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Pittsburgh ranks second with 15 playoff wins over that span.

26
The number of playoff games the Patriots have appeared in since 1994. The mark is tied with Pittsburgh for the most playoff games during that time period.

THE BELICHICK ERA

4
Bill Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three championships since the Super Bowl era began. Belichick joins three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the exclusive club (Chuck Noll 4, Joe Gibbs 3 and Bill Walsh 3). Belichick is the only coach to win three Super Bowls in the post-1993 salary cap era and the only one to ever win three in four years.

182
Bill Belichick has 182 career victories as a head coach, including playoff games. Belichick is in sole possession of 10th place in all-time coaching victories.

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