I say WILL because it is virtually impossible that they play a whole game without getting one first down. ". . . Did You Know, Part II: The Patriots enter today's game with 416 first downs. They need just one more to break the NFL record, set by the Saints in 2011." New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston 416 1st downs in 15 games is just about an average of 28 1st downs/game or an average of 7 1st downs per quarter! How good is has this offense been? That is about two(2) 1st downs per game more than the previous record!