This might bear watching as the season progresses: through seven games the Patriots have yet to score in the kicking game or defensively. Last year we scored five defensive touchdowns (four via interception, one via fumble) and three in the kicking game (two kickoff returns, one punt return). Also, last season's +28 turnover differential was pretty significant. So far after seven games we're +2. (Thank goodness Brady isn't normally interception-prone or that our ball carriers fumble often.) I'm sure there are statistical formulas that can crunch these numbers down to what they mean in the won-loss column, but so far they certainly reinforce the obvious: In New England, fortunes ride with the offense. On that front, I'd like to see more of Ridley carrying the ball. He is the ONLY Pats running back with carries over 20 yards, and he's got three of them.