1) Passing yards allowed 2017 1st 6 games---321.0 ypg Last 10 games 207.1 ypg 2) Points allowed first 4 games 32.0 ppg Points allowed last 12 games 14.0 ( take out 21 pt given up by offense pick 6/2 fumble recoveries for TD) and defense allowed 12.25 ppg 3) Patriots have been 2-2 or worse in the Brady/Belichick era 6 times ( 2001, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2016, 2017) and won the Super Bowl 3 of those previous 5 times…. 4) Over the entire season…Pats were #2 in points scored ( behind NO) and 5th in points allowed with 296 ( which includes 21 allowed by offense ) behind Phil (295) Jax (268) Chargers (272) and Minn (252). 5) The only times previously that the Pats have been in the top 5 in both points scored and points allowed were: 2004, 2007, 2016 - and they made it to the Super Bowl all three times and won it twice .. ( Past performance is no guarantee yada yada..) 6) Early on I posted how this Patriots team reminded me of the 1976 Steelers team. That team was a two time defending Super Bowl champ who got off to a 1-4 start giving up all sorts of passing yards and then the defense clamped down and they won 9 in a row, losing to Oakland in the playoffs only because both running backs ( Franco Harris and Rocky Bleier) were both injured in the first playoff game… This was after the infamous Ray Hamilton roughing the passer call that would have had the ’76 Pats facing a decimated Steeler team. My gut tells me that this defense ( barring any more injuries) will step it up even more in the playoffs and hold opponents under 20 points…… 7) In the playoffs in BB era, the team is 20-1 when scoring 22 points or more ( only loss was AFCCG to Indy 38-34). Team is 23-2 when scoring 20 points or more ( loss were Indy and to Jets 28-21). 8) In the playoffs in the BB era: The Pats are 12-8 when giving up 20 points or more ( I know, give up a lot of points and you lose) The Pats are 12-1 when giving up 17 points or less…(Loss was SB 42..need I say more) There’s the sweet spot. Keep the opponent at 17 or under and chances are great… 9) In the Belichick/Brady era, the Pats are +2462 in point differential in the regular season, roughly 9 points per game more than opponents and +222 or plus 6.5 in the playoffs…. It drops to 8.7 if you factor in Cassel's 2008 and the first 4 games last year when Brady was given his involuntary vacation. It drops to 8.5 pts if you include 2000 which was a -62 differential, the last pre Brady year.. 10) When Belichick was hired, the Pats overall record was 40 games under .500. Now they are 103 games over .500 mark………………………….. 11) (bonus) Since the beginning of 2016 (playoffs included) Pats are 30-5, while Cleveland is 1-31. Since 2015, Browns are 4-44. To count back 44 losses for the Pats, you have to go back to 2005. The Patriots are 158-44 over that time period ( playoffs excluded).