Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/10/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures as he lines up in the shotgun formation against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots lead the league in yards gained on offense, with 2,197 yards. They lead the league in first downs (by a country mile, with 151). And they also lead the league in points scored through five weeks, at 33.0 per game.So how are they doing it?It helps that the New England offense has snapped the ball 388 times in five games, tops in the NFL. Here are the leaders in total offensive plays: New England 388 Kansas City 366 Philadelphia 350 Miami 348 New Orleans 344The Patriots are tops in rushing attempts (191 total, or 38.2 per game), which is somewhat of a surprise considering they have a future Hall-of-Fame QB in Tom Brady. Brady has 185 passing attempts, and the offensive balance is working, especially since Brady has thrown just 1 INT.What the Patriots are doing extremely well is converting possessions into points.Excluding end-of-half/game kneel-downs, the Patriots have had 57 drives so far in 2012; he...
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