by Scott Benson, Patriots Daily Staff
October 8, 2009
And now, for some shallow analysis of the Pats coming visit to Denver, let’s see how the New England’s numbers stack up against the surprising Broncos.
Combined Record of Opponents
Pats: 9-6 (BUF, NYJ, ATL, BAL)
Broncos: 6-10 (CIN, CLE, OAK, DAL)
Lies, damned lies – Pats win! Next.
Pats Offense: 17th, 102.2 YPG, 3.7 YPC
Broncos Defense: 5th, 77.2 YPG, 3.2 YPC
Broncos Offense: 4th, 148 YPG, 4.7 YPC
Pats Defense: 11th, 95.2 YPG, 4.5 YPC
Lies, damned lies – ‘4th’ and ‘5th’ sounds a lot better than ‘11th’ and ‘17th’, but then again, Denver has already played two of the worst teams in the NFL. Credit to the Broncos, though; they didn’t lose either time.
Pats Offense: 5th, 273.8 YPG, 6.5 YPA
Broncos Defense: 3rd, 162.5 YPG, 5.7 YPA
Broncos Offense: 18th, 217.0 YPG, 7.7 YPA
Pats Defense: 7th, 192.2 YPG, 6.9 YPA
Lies, damned lies – I’m thinking Tom Brady presents a pass defense with a few more challenges than, say, JaMarcus Russell. I’m also thinking the Pats pass defense – last week a pleasing blend of madcap blitzing and tight coverage from the secondary in big spots – will force Kyle Orton to complete one hell of a lot of passes to score a touchdown on any given drive.
Pats Kickoff: 4th, 70.8 AVG (5 touchbacks)
Pats Kick Coverage: 29th, 27.4 AVG
Broncos Kick Return: 30th, 19.6 AVG
Broncos Kickoff: 3rd, 70.9 AVG (9 touchbacks)
Broncos Kick Coverage: 14th, 22.6 AVG
Pats Kick Return: 16th, 23.0 AVG
Broncos Punt: 17th (Net), 37.8 AVG
Broncos Punt Coverage: 9.5 AVG (10 returns)
Pats Punt Return: 21st, 6.8 AVG
Pats Punt: 31st (Net), 31.3 AVG
Pats Punt Coverage: 10.0 AVG (3 returns)
Broncos Punt Return: 18th, 7.8 AVG
Lies, damned lies – I guess the thing that strikes me here is the disparity between Stephen Gostkowski’s kickoffs (average kick is in the end zone) and the average return by the Patriots opponents. Might as well kick it to the 30 and get it over with.
Pats Offense: 14th, 87 PTS, 21.8 PPG
Broncos Defense: 1st, 26 PTS, 6.5 PPG
Broncos Offense: 19th, 79 PTS, 19.8 PPG
Pats Defense: 10th, 71 PTS, 17.8 PPG
Pats 3rd Down Offense: 6th, 46 PCT
Broncos 3rd Down Defense: 2nd, 26 PCT
Broncos 3rd Down Offense: 18th, 37 PCT
Pats 3rd Down Defense: 23rd, 41 PCT
Lies, damned lies – It feels like a defensive game, don’t you think?
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