Originally posted on Philly Sports Live  |  Last updated 10/13/12
Through five games, the New England Patriots led the league in points per game with 33.0 and yards per game at 439.4.  But the way New England gained those yards was different than in recent years. The Patriots were ninth in passing yardage with 274.0 yards per game, down from second in 2011 with 317.8 yards per game. But the Patriots were third in rushing yardage with 165.4 yards per game, a huge improvement over 2011, when they were 20th in rushing yardage with 110.3 yards per game. The more balanced attack helped the already potent Patriot offense, which led the league in points per game through five games with 33.0, up from 2011’s 32.1, which was good for third overall.  But fantasy owners who bought into the Patriots passing attack may have some reason for concern. It’s not as if superstars Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski were no longer productive. But Brady wasn’t drafted to be eighth among quarterbacks in yards per game with 290.0 and tied for ninth in touchdown pass...
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