Found December 08, 2012 on AFC East Daily:
BThe New England Patriots have put together some pretty impressive stats this season — averaging more than 35 points per game, boasting a plus-24 takeaway rating. Most impressive, however, many be the offense's success on third down. Since the mid-'90s, New England has put up some stellar numbers on third down, but it's never finished with higher than a 50 percent conversion rate, according to ESPN.com. That's exactly the position the Pats are in now, posting a ridiculous 53 percent rate thus far.The team will face perhaps its toughest test this weekend, however, as the Houston Texans head into Massachusetts touting the league's most proficient defense on third down. (photo: Maitri, Flickr)“Third down, they rush well and they cover well,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters Wednesday. They’ve created a lot of long yardage situations, they’ve been ahead and so that’s helped their pass rush."They’re a good third down defense – one of the best in the l...
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