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Inside the Numbers; Patriots History

THIS WEEK IN PATRIOTS HISTORY

OCTOBER 22 - OCTOBER 28

Oct. 22, 1961-- Larry Garron tore off the longest run from scrimmage in team history, scampering 85 yards for a touchdown as the Boston Patriots won at Buffalo, 52-21. The Patriots' 52 points that day stand as the third highest total in team history.

Oct. 26, 1986-- The Patriots beat the Bills on the road, 23-3. The game followed a 34-0 win at Pittsburgh, finishing a two-game road swing where the Patriots outscored their opponents 57-3.

Oct. 24, 2004-- The Patriots defeated the New York Jets 13-7 at Gillette Stadium, recording their 21st consecutive victory - a mark that stands as the all-time pro football record. New England lost their next game, ending the streak.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

TOMMY GUN

27The number of touchdown passes Tom Brady has thrown through seven games this season.

39The number of times in the Patriots' 48-year history that they have not exceeded 27 touchdown passes as a team in a full season.

29The number of NFL teams last season that had fewer than 27 touchdown passes for the year, including the Patriots (25).

+11Brady's lead over the player with the NFL's second highest passing touchdown total this season (Tony Romo, 16).

26The number of teams whose starting quarterbacks have 11 or fewer touchdown passes this season - the amount by which Brady leads his closest rival in the category.

13-to-1Tom Brady's touchdown-to-interception ratio this season, having thrown 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The NFL record touchdown-to-interception ratio over a full season is 4.9- to-1 (Peyton Manning, 2004, 49 TD, 10 INT).

31The Patriots' single-season passing touchdown record, achieved by Vito "Babe" Parilli in 1964.

73.8Brady's completion percentage through seven games this season (229 attempts, 168 completions).

70.6The NFL record for completion percentage over a full season (Ken Anderson, 1982, 309-218).

HIGH SCORERS

279The number of points the Patriots have scored this season, a mark that leads the NFL and is more than six NFL teams scored in all of last season.

+150The Patriots' point differential this season, a mark that leads the NFL. New England has scored 279 points and has allowed 120 points through six games.

23The number of NFL teams that have scored fewer than 150 points so far this season - the number by which the Patriots have outscored their opponents.

39.9The average number of points per game the Patriots have scored this season.

29.5The franchise record for most points per game in a full season, achieved by the Boston Patriots in 1961 (413 points in 14 games).

38.8The all-time NFL record for most points per game in a full season, achieved by the 1950 Los Angeles Rams (466 points in 12 games).

36The number of touchdowns the Patriots have scored this season through seven games.

21The number of seasons in Patriots franchise history during which they scored fewer than 36 touchdowns in the entire season.

MILESTONES APPROACHING

1The number of interceptions Asante Samuel needs to reach 20 for his career. He would become the 11th player in team history to record 20 or more interceptions for the Patriots.

1The number of touchdown receptions Randy Moss needs to become the first Patriot to catch at least nine touchdowns in a season since Ben Coates caught nine in 1996.

2The number of receptions Benjamin Watson needs to reach 100 for his career and become the ninth tight end in team history to reach that milestone with the Patriots.

2The number of receptions Kevin Faulk needs to pass Gino Cappelletti and take possession of sixth place on the Patriots' alltime receptions list. Faulk currently has 291 career receptions and Cappelletti has 292 career catches.

3The number of touchdown receptions Randy Moss needs to pass Stanley Morgan's total of 12 in 1979 and become the Patriots' single-season touchdown reception leader.

6The number of victories Bill Belichick needs to reach 100 wins in his regular season and playoff career as Patriots head coach.

2The number of passing touchdowns Brady needs to set a new single-season career high. He enters this week's game with 27 scoring passes. His career high is 28 (2002, 2004).

9Number of passing touchdowns Brady needs to pass Steve Grogan (182) and become the Patriots' all-time touchdown pass leader.

LEAGUE LEADERS

+1,106The Patriots yardage differential this season, a mark that leads the NFL. New England has gained 3,030 yards and has allowed 1,924 yards through five games.

179The number of first downs the Patriots have gained this season - the highest total in the league.

30.7%The Patriots third-down defense this season (23/75), a mark that leads the NFL.

THE KRAFT ERA

151The number of regular-season and playoff victories the Patriots have earned since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span.

83-33The Patriots' record at home since 1994, including regular season and postseason games, a winning percentage of .716.

7The number of AFC East titles the Patriots have won since 1996. No other NFL team has won more than five division titles over that span.

143The number of consecutive regular-season, preseason and playoff games that have been sold out in Foxborough. The streak began with the 1994 season and includes this week's game.

291The number of consecutive Patriots games that have been televised locally, including this week's game.

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