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  1. Uncle Rico

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    This is a pretty cool Twitter account to follow if you don't already:

    Michael Signora (NFLfootballinfo) on Twitter

    They've had some interesting stats on the Pats' run this season, including this one today:

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    New England has not committed a turnover in 5 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history
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    Keep it up guys.
     
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    Makes me nervous that they're due for a clunker. Hope they get it out of their system before the play offs a la the Dolphins game in 04
     
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    Protecting the Ball

    The Patriots have tied the single season all time NFL record for most games without a turnover, at 9. All 0 are wins.

    In the BB era, the Patriots are 52-6 when not committing a turnover.
    The 58 games with no turnover are the most in the NFL during that time as well.
    Since BB took over in 2000, the Patriots have had the least turnovers in the NFL not counting Houston who joined the league 2 years later.
    The team is also:
    2nd in points scored
    3rd in points allowed
    1st in point differential (by over 200)
    And 1st in turnover differential at +79 (second is +61)

    And of course, first in wins, playoffs wins and SBs.

    It seems like the above numbers have an awful lot to do with the wins.
     
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    smg93 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

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    Re: Protecting the Ball

    If there was ever any debate on Team of the Decade, I think with those figures, it's clearly case closed.
     
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    Re: Protecting the Ball

    That is a hallmark of BB, this year we are something like +18 in turnover differential.. which imo is one of the most significant stats that correlate to our record.
     
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    Re: Protecting the Ball

    Agreed. Can't score unless you have possession of the football. :D
     
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    Re: Protecting the Ball

    Belichick is a big history guy. He won't say it, but you know he covets that "Team of the Decade" label. Wait until Pittsburgh comes to Gillette for the AFC championship game. Belichick is going to be one motivated mf'er.
     
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    Re: Protecting the Ball

    I think this is perhaps the single most overlooked stat this year and have posted about it a few times. You're exactly right, I think, about the importance of turnover prevention to this team's success.

    Even in a 36-7 game, I think you can go back and look at what a different game it might have been if the tweak the takeaways just a bit, like one one each side.

    The Patriots have twice as many turnovers in their two losses as they have in their eleven wins. Think about that for a second. It's staggering.
     
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    Tom Brady, Patriots Offense Turning Almost Every Turnover Into Points - NESN.com - Jeff Howe

     
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    From ESPN
    Check out these incredible Patriots stats

     
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    Seems like coaching has stressed two hands on the ball. This year I've noticed that anytime a ball carrier or reciever has the chance they have been wrapping the ball up and not exposing it. I'm sure that has helped.
     
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    > Seems like coaching has stressed two hands on the ball.

    Need Hernandez to do this as soon as there's contact.
     
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    Wow,

    I was unaware of that.

    Hopefully they can do that for the entire post season!
     
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    Numbers don’t lie when talk turns to the Patriots - The Boston Globe

    If the Patriots can continue to take care of the ball they could set an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season.

    To get an idea of how valuable it is to not turn the ball over, consider the team that owns that record - the 2008 Miami Dolphins. That team also tied a record that season with the biggest one-year turnaround in NFL history, going from 1-15 to 11-5. While much of the media attention was focused on their wildcat offense, the real reason for the dramatic improvement was that they didn't turn the ball over.

    Similarly, the 2010 Patriots get a lot of attention for the points the offense scores, but perhaps the biggest reason for the success is that they are fundamentally sound and don't beat themselves - and at the same time are time and time again capitalizing on mistakes of their opponents.
     
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    We have 20 Int and 7 Fumble recoveries, for a +18 in this department.. for such an important statistic it is hard to find it....
     
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    No kidding. I found them at ESPN, but only by conference.

    2010 NFL Team Givetake Stats - National Football League - ESPN

    They're also sortable too, which helps.
     
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    New England on pace to ...

    ...break the record for fewest turnovers in a season. 9. The record low is 13 by the Giants and Dolphins both in 2008 I believe. Barring a major collapse and 4+ turnovers against Miami in our own place, New England will own another record this season.

    I'm not a fan of statistics, but this is actually a statistic that matters.

    Tom Brady alone had 12 (8 int, 4 lost fumble) in the amazing 07 regular season for some perspective on how amazing this season is.
     
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    Re: New England on pace to ...

    Only 9 turnovers is incredible. Absolutely incredible.
     
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    Re: New England on pace to ...

    That's a really significant stat. And one was that Hail Mary by Brady at the end of regulation against the Ravens.
     
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    Re: New England on pace to ...

    What's the NFL record for turnover differential?
     
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