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INSIDE THE NUMBERS


SEVEN YEARS AND COUNTING
103-63
The Patriots' record in preseason, regular-season and postseason games since 1996 (.620 win pct.).
76-51
The Patriots' regular-season record since 1996 (.598 win pct).
6-3
The Patriots' postseason record since 1996 (.667 win pct).
21-9
The Patriots' preseason record since 1996 (.700 win pct).

NO PASSING ZONE
115
The number of pass defenses New England defenders have been credited with, a figure that leads the NFL. Houston ranks second with 95 pass defenses, while Denver and Baltimore are tied for third with 93.
27
The number of interceptions the Patriots have recorded so far this season, tying them for the NFL lead with Minnesota.
11
The number of touchdown passes the Patriots have given up through 14 games, tied for the NFL lead with the Dolphins.
56.9
The cumulative quarterback rating of Patriots opponents this season, the lowest in the NFL.
53.0
The completion percentage of New England's opposing quarterbacks, the lowest in the AFC.
6
The number of interceptions by both Ty Law and Tyrone Poole, tying them for second in the AFC.

THE KRAFT ERA
101
The number of consecutive Patriots preseason, regular-season and postseason home games that have been sold out since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994.
212
The number of consecutive Patriots games that have been televised locally.
70-33
The Patriots record at home since 1994, including preseason, regular-season and postseason games.
16-3
The Patriots record at Gillette Stadium, including preseason and regular-season games (.842 win pct).

THE BELICHICK ERA
36-14
Bill Belichick's record since 2001, including playoffs. The Patriots own the best record of any NFL team since 2001.
41-25
Bill Belichick's overall record as head coach of the Patriots, including the playoffs.
.621
Belichick's overall winning percentage as Patriots head coach, establishing the highest winning percentage of any coach in franchise history, including postseason games.
27-2
Belichick's record in New England when his team scores 21 points or more.

ROLLING START
42
The number of starters the Patriots have employed this season, nearly enough to field two full teams on both offense and defense. It's the highest number of starters used by a division champion since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
98
The total number of games missed due to injury by players who have started for the Patriots this season.
5
The number of opening-day starters who are currently on injured reserve.
0
The number of times the Patriots have started the same 22 players on offense and defense.

FLYING HIGH
11
The number of consecutive victories by the 2003 Patriots, the longest winning streak in the NFL since 1999 (Jacksonville and Indianapolis).
14
The Patriots' largest margin of victory during their 11-game winning streak. They are the first team in NFL history to have won 10 or more consecutive games by 14 points or less.
11
The number of consecutive games the Patriots have started the same five players on the offensive line, all Patriots victories.

NOT HALF BAD
21
The number of consecutive games the Patriots have won when leading at halftime.
25-1
Their record in their last 26 games when leading at halftime.
26
The number of consecutive games the Patriots have won when leading after three quarters, leading the NFL.

THIRD DOWN DOMINANCE
6
The number of times the Patriots have held their opponents under 30 percent on third downs this season.
3
The number of times the Patriots held their opponents under 30 percent on third downs all of last season.
12-1
The Patriots record in their last 13 games when holding their opponents under 30 percent on third downs.

TURNING OVER WINS
10-0
The Patriots' record this season when they maintain a positive or even turnover differential.
22-2
The Patriots' record since the beginning of the 2001 season when they maintain a positive turnover differential.
14
The Patriots' turnover differential this season, ranking them second in the NFL.
36
The number of takeaways the Patriots have recorded this season, their most since 1994 (40).

CONNECTIONS
- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's defensive game plan from the Giants' Super Bowl XXV win over the Buffalo Bills is permanently on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • While Belichick was the head coach at Cleveland, he hired Don Blackmon as the linebackers coach. Blackmon is currently the linebackers coach for Buffalo. Blackmon also played for the Patriots for eight seasons (1981-87).
  • Patriots running back Antowain Smith was originally drafted by the Bills in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. Smith spent four seasons with the Bills (1997-2000) and gained 2,932 yards on 760 carries and scored 26 touchdowns.
  • Patriots wide receivers coach Brian Daboll attended St. Francis High in Buffalo where he lettered in football. He also was a two-year starter at free safety at the University of Rochester, where he recorded three interceptions in one game during his senior year.
  • Patriots fullback Larry Centers played for the Bills from 2001-02, and had 123 catches for 1,008 yards with Buffalo.
  • Patriots nose tackle Ted Washington played for the Bills from 1995-2000 and earned three Pro Bowl nods in a Buffalo uniform.
  • Patriots running back Kevin Faulk had a career-long, 45-yard touchdown run against the Bills on New England's first possession of the third quarter in a 38-7 win (11/03/02).
  • Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, while playing for the Chargers, had a career-high three sacks in a 16-14 win over Buffalo in the 1998 season opener (9/6/98).
  • Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson recorded a career-high 17 tackles against Buffalo on Nov. 15, 1998.
  • Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was born in New Haven, Conn., and earned a degree in physical education at Southern Connecticut State University. Gilbride was a linebackers coach at Tufts University (1976-77) and a head coach at Southern Connecticut (1980-84).
  • Bills running backs coach Les Steckel served as the Patriots quarterbacks/wide receivers coach for four seasons (1985-88).
  • Bills defensive tackle Sam Adams' father, Sam Adams, Sr., played guard for the Patriots for nine seasons (1972-80).
  • Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe was drafted by the Patriots with the first overall selection in the 1993 NFL draft. He spent nine seasons with New England and earned three Pro Bowl selections.
  • Bills safety Lawyer Milloy was drafted by the Patriots in the second round (36th overall) in the 1996 NFL draft. He played in 112 games in eight seasons in New England and earned four Pro Bowl nods.
  • Bills fullback Sam Gash was the Patriots eighth round selection (205th overall) in the 1992 NFL draft. Gash appeared in 88 contests as a Patriot, including 36 starts.
  • Bills wide receiver Josh Reed was teammates with Patriots defensive end Jarvis Green and quarterback Rohan Davey at LSU.
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