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An utterly amazing statistic: 35 first downs, and 68 in back to back games

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    ....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?
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    I was disappointed to see that Pro Football Reference doesn't let you search by number of first downs in a game. Otherwise I could probably figure it out.


    Also worth noting is that Ridley leads the NFL in both first downs overall and in first downs where there was contact by a defender short of the first down.
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    I swear they said that the 30+ first downs 3 games in a row was an NFL record during the TV broadcast.
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    I can't remember exactly what was said but if it's not that it's very close.
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    The Pats threw up this stat line:

    23:42 TOP, 62 plays, 28 1st downs, 31 points

    Not a bad game, huh? Actually that was over a stretch of about 33 minutes starting in the middle of the 1st quarter. The Broncos over that same period?

    9:28 TOP, 23 plays, 8 1st downs, 7 points

    If you throw in the 2nd half of the Bills game, in about 60 minutes of play the Pats have run over 100 plays, converted 50 first downs and scored 76 points. While the defense and ST obviously mucked in over this period, that is just soul-crushing efficiency by the offense.
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    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.
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    I bet DVOA will love the offense this week.
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    I am sort of surprised a team can have that many first downs and score "only" 31 points.

    I guess part of that was going from one yard line to the other one yard line and only getting 3 points. I suppose, because they got knocked back after getting to the one yard line, it officially goes down as a 95 yard field goal drive. Still that's hard to do.
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    Except for the fumbles.
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    I'm thinking Bill passed out footballs after the game equipped with sensors that know if it's not being held by a human being, and told everybody on the offense they had to walk around with it & SLEEP with it 24/7 for a week. Or something.
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    I'm pretty certain your cmment is spot on. I heard the same thing.
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    Here's the official stat:
    Game Notes: Patriots vs. Broncos

    My guess is that it wasn't tracked before the merger, but I don't know exactly why they had to qualify it like that.
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    Is this just showing that our field position has sucked the past 3 games?
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    I am certain that was it!
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    This is about time of possession, moving the chains and ball control...

    Not a bad offensive game plan..
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    Interesting nugget hidden in the Pats' current style:

    What's usually the tempo of a team with a strong running game and a lot of first downs?

    I think it's usually down-tempo.

    I don't think I've seen this married up often with a team that goes no huddle all game. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    It definitely puts a twist on things... you can take 12 minutes off the clock in a drive with a top-tier running game... or you can run it full throttle along w/everybody else in the no-huddle, with the next play coming to quick to allow substitutions.

    Gives Bill a lil' flexibility. Hey any of you guys know if Bill likes flexibility? :D
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    Another stat that I found to be amazing (unrelated to OP)

    How the Pats picked apart the Broncos - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
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    In 2007 Brady was dropping bombs to Moss what seemed like every other play.

    Because the 2012 Patriots are emphasising the running game such a degree there is naturally going to be a more gradual progress down the field - and if done successfully then more first downs.

    Brady also threw underneath alot yesterday - typified by Welkers YPC.
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