|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||2-1||3-0||47.0||25.3||422.0||(6.6)||0.0||20.7||13.7||418.3||(6.4)||3.0|
|Offense (All Games)||35.8||18.0||28.4||30:49||33-143||(4.3)||26-40||64.9%||289||(7.3)||73-432||(5.9)||(12.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||24.2||12||21||31:58||29-126||(4.4)||21-34||61.4%||227||(6.6)||63-353||(5.6)||(14.6)|
|Offense Road Games||36.8||18.6||29.2||31:09||33-145||(4.4)||27-41||65.2%||318||(7.8)||73-463||(6.3)||(12.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.5||10.5||22.4||29:56||26-99||(3.9)||25-38||64.4%||290||(7.6)||64-390||(6.1)||(17.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21.9||11||19.3||30:43||27-115||(4.3)||21-34||60.5%||223||(6.5)||61-338||(5.5)||(15.4)|
|Defense Road Games||20.6||9.6||19.4||28:51||24-86||(3.7)||24-36||65.6%||298||(8.3)||60-384||(6.4)||(18.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.3||0.4||0.7||2.0||14-7||51.1%||0-0||33.3%||3-61||(23.3)||2-31||(14.3)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.6||1.5||1.7||13-5||40.4%||1-0||54.9%||2-59||(24.6)||24-2||(10.1)||6-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.4||0.4||0.8||1.8||14-6||47.1%||0-0||50.0%||1-31||(21.9)||3-27||(10.5)||6-47|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.3||1.4||2.7|| ||13-6||46.0%||1-0||45.5%||3-70||(20.1)||1-8||(8)||7-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.8||1.8|| ||13-5||37.9%||1-1||58.1%||3-66||(24.9)||24-2||(11)||7-56|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.6||1.0||2.6|| ||12-5||40.7%||2-1||37.5%||3-68||(21.1)||1-10||(9.6)||7-64|
|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.8||1-2||1-1||14.3||6.7||279.0||(4.5)||1.7||23.7||13.7||293.3||(4.8)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||20.2||9.8||18.0||29:33||29-108||(3.7)||17-32||54.2%||193||(6)||61-301||(4.9)||(14.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21||10.3||19.5||30:33||25-105||(4.1)||21-35||59.6%||228||(6.5)||61-333||(5.5)||(15.9)|
|Offense Home Games||21.8||11.0||17.8||28:48||28-118||(4.2)||17-32||53.7%||188||(5.8)||61-306||(5)||(14)|
|Defense (All Games)||24.1||12.0||20.4||32:06||32-142||(4.4)||18-32||56.0%||200||(6.2)||64-342||(5.3)||(14.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23||12.2||20.7||31:22||30-126||(4.3)||21-33||61.9%||228||(6.8)||63-354||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Defense Home Games||24.8||12.0||19.8||31:12||31-149||(4.8)||16-30||52.7%||187||(6.2)||61-336||(5.5)||(13.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.9||0.8||1.7||0.1||14-5||38.6%||1-1||66.7%||3-82||(28.4)||1-18||(11.7)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.8||0.6||1.4||1.6||13-5||37.0%||1-1||61.6%||3-69||(24)||25-2||(10.9)||6-57|
|Stats For (Home Games)||1.0||0.8||1.8||0.2||14-5||38.6%||1-1||83.3%||3-82||(29.4)||0-14||(68)||5-49|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8|| ||14-6||42.9%||1-1||75.0%||3-78||(23.7)||2-20||(11.1)||7-50|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0.9||0.6||1.5|| ||13-5||40.3%||1-0||55.6%||3-63||(24.5)||26-2||(11.2)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.2||0.8||2.0|| ||12-5||38.3%||0-0||100.0%||3-56||(21.4)||2-19||(12)||6-42|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ENGLAND 18.3, NY JETS 21.8|
|11/22/2012||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/10/2012||HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ NEW ENGLAND||26-29||L||11||W||47.5||O||33-106||28-41-297||2||31-131||26-42-250||1|
|11/18/2012||@ ST LOUIS||27-13||W||3.5||W||39||O||41-124||16-21-165||0||20-114||23-44-167||3|
|11/22/2012||NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ JACKSONVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/17/2012||@ TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW ENGLAND: Josh McDaniels returns to the role of offensive coordinator'he called plays for New England in 2007, a record-setting year for Tom Brady and the offense. But while he was gone the Patriots got more comfortable running the ball. Last year they ended up being middle of the pack in terms of run/pass split (41/59 vs. NFL average of 43/57). There will be plenty of work for the backs. The Patriots run a wide range of blocking schemes, but McDaniels strongly prefers a power scheme. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are expected to split duties as the primary ball carriers, and Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai will likely get spot duty on third downs. The Patriots use spread principles. Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez are utilized frequently out of the slot underneath, while Rob Gronkowski is used as a field stretcher working up the seam. The return of McDaniels and addition of Brandon Lloyd means more deep shots. Lloyd is familiar with the playbook from his days under McDaniels in Denver and was very impressive during off-season workouts. Deion Branch and Jabar Gaffney will primarily stay outside for spacing. The backs have been marginalized in the passing game with the emergence of Hernandez, but Woodhead is typically targeted a couple of times every week. While Gronkowski is frequently Brady's first option from about 10 yards out, they tend to use play-action and utilize Hernandez once they're closer to the goal line. The Patriots allow gobs of yardage, especially through the air, but they will also force a lot of turnovers and don't allow as many points as you'd expect of a defense that surrenders so many yards. DT Vince Wilfork is a monster in the middle, and the team is expected to have a better pass rush in 2012 with the expected contributions from rookies Chandler Jones and Donta' Hightower. Jerod Mayo was limited by a knee injury through most of 2011. As a three-down player who excels at stopping the run, there's no reason he can't top 100 solo tackles, even playing the weak side when New England uses a 4-3 look. Brandon Spikes was also slowed by a knee injury during most of 2011, but bounced back for an impressive 26 total tackles in three post-season games. Patrick Chung was en route to a career year statistically before a foot injury derailed him. He's at his best in the box, but is instinctive enough in pass coverage to make up for some of New England's deficiencies on the corners. If Mayo, Spikes and Chung can all remain healthy in 2012, the Patriots defense has a chance to be vastly improved. |
|NY JETS: 'Ground and pound' wasn't former OC Brian Schottenheimer's style. However, things will be different under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who preached power running recently in Miami and Dallas. It will be a change from the zone-blocking scheme the Jets ran under former offensive line coach Bill Callahan, so there could be growing pains. Expect a heavy dose of Shonn Greene, though Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight should see an uptick in playing time since Sparano typically has used a time-share backfield. The Jets will surely work in some single-wing-type sets for Tim Tebow, who should see an average of up to 10 reps per game. Sparano wants to run a lot of play-action and get the ball downfield. But while Mark Sanchez has the feet and athleticism to make the play-action part work, he's never been an accurate downfield passer. Santonio Holmes is by far their best receiver, but rookie Stephen Hill, who's expected to start, is a better fit in this scheme. TE Dustin Keller is Sanchez's safety blanket; he and slot man Jeremy Kerley would normally be his favorite targets, but in this offense they're likely to be secondary targets. With Plaxico Burress gone, the Jets are unlikely to throw in the red zone as often as they did last season. Say what you will about their antics and propensity to run their mouths, but the Jets defense continue to back up its talk. The one exception last year was the pass rush, where Gang Green is hoping rookie first-rounder Quinton Coples will help. If he does, it will allow David Harris to blitz less and commit to the run more often, which will improve a Jets rushing defense that was inconsistent at times in 2011. Darrelle Revis continues to be the best shutdown corner in the game, and the team is hoping that LaRon Landry will make an impact at the safety position after coming over from Washington. Landry's health is a question mark again as he's coming off a major Achilles injury and opted against surgery. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NEW ENGLAND-NY JETS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Patriots-Jets Preview* =======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
The New England Patriots appear poised to win their ninth division title in 10 years. They'll have to finish the job largely without the services of one of the NFL's top touchdown threats.
A lengthy stretch without Rob Gronkowski begins Thanksgiving night when New England visits the rejuvenated New York Jets, who are still hopeful of preventing another coronation for their AFC East rival.
The Patriots have won 15 of the last 19 regular-season meetings including four straight, though the most recent one went to overtime as the underdog Jets fell 29-26 in Foxborough on Oct. 21.
That victory sparked the current four-game winning streak for New England (7-3), which tied a franchise record for points in a 59-24 home victory over Indianapolis on Sunday. The Patriots maintained a three-game division lead - all other teams in the East including New York are 4-6 - but they suffered a significant loss with the injury to Gronkowski.
The Pro Bowler is expected to miss four to six weeks after having surgery for a broken left forearm, which he appeared to injure while blocking on an extra point late in the win. He became the first tight end with at least 10 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons as he caught two before exiting the game.
His 10 TDs are tied for the league lead, his 748 receiving yards top all tight ends and his 53 receptions rank third at his position. Gronkowski leads the NFL with 37 touchdown catches since entering the league in 2010, and he's never missed a game.
Tom Brady's next favorite scoring target over that time span is Wes Welker with 18 TDs.
"It's part of this game," said Brady, who owns a 111.3 quarterback rating over the last four games with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.
"He's (Gronkowski) got to do his best to get back as soon as possible, and we've got to go out there and win some games without him."
Gronkowski's injury isn't the first major one for a Patriots tight end this year, as Aaron Hernandez has missed the last three games and six this season with a sprained right ankle. Hernandez practiced on a limited basis Monday, and coach Bill Belichick said his availability could be a "game-time decision."
"(Gronkowski is) one of the best players in the league," Hernandez said. "It puts pressure on everybody. Not just one player can just replace him."
While Hernandez made five of his 17 catches this season in the Jets game last month, Gronkowski had 78 yards and two touchdowns.
That defeat seemed to send the Jets into a tailspin, as they lost to Miami and Seattle by a combined 42 points in their next two games. New York, though, looked much better in a 27-13 win at St. Louis on Sunday.
The Jets are 4-6 for the first time 2009, the year they won five of their final six regular-season games to make the playoffs before reaching the AFC championship game.
Coach Rex Ryan thinks this team is capable of a similar run. New York does have the benefit of a weak remaining schedule after this contest, with games against Arizona, Tennessee, San Diego, and Buffalo - all teams with 4-6 records - as well as a meeting with 1-9 Jacksonville.
"Right now, we're just swinging," Ryan said. "We're going to focus on our opponents, specifically, but anything we do, we're behind where we have to be. We can only focus on ourselves and just find a way to punch it. We earned where we are and we just have to find a way to punch our way out."
The win over St. Louis was New York's second turnover-free game of the season, with one of Mark Sanchez's most efficient performances playing a big role. He went 15 of 20 for 178 yards and a touchdown. It was the third game of the year without an interception for Sanchez, whose four lost fumbles include one in overtime that ended last month's loss at New England.
Sanchez, the league's 29th-rated passer, had 13 turnovers in the Jets' first nine games.
"If you really take the positives from this game, build on those, continue to get better and improve, we can become a team that just doesn't turn the ball over," he said. "It could be our identity, if you want it to be and if you work at it."
He's facing a New England defense which has forced an AFC-leading 27 turnovers, including four last week. The secondary had three interceptions of Indianapolis' Andrew Luck and returned two for touchdowns, including one by Aqib Talib in his Patriots debut. The Patriots are still allowing 289.7 passing yards a game, which ranks 30th.
|Last Updated: 10/21/2014 4:59:48 PM EST|