10-08-2012, 01:23 AM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Fairfield County, CT
re: An utterly amazing statistic: 35 first downs, and 68 in back to back games
Originally Posted by Alfred
....HAS THIS FLOWN UNDER THE RADAR?...
I dont know what the average number for team first downs in an NFL game, but my guess that the "average" would come in at UNDER 20.
Today the Pats had 35, but that is not ALL that, IMO, is amazing.
Last week they had 33 for a two game total of 68. Most teams dont get that amount in FOUR games.
Does anyone know if there is an NFL record kept for number of first downs in a two game period, back to back?
As a minor point, the median this year is about 20.5, so your initial guess wasn't too far off.
In any case, though, the Pats are averaging over 30 first downs per game.
By comparison, the 2007
Patriots were only averaging 24 first downs per game.
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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