...please merge into one of the many science threads if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but thought it deserved it's own discussion. Warren Sharp, at Sharp Football Analysis, has done a study of fumble rates, and shown how the Patriots have improved at this. http://www.sharpfootballanalysis.co...ts-prevention-of-fumbles-is-nearly-impossible From 2000 to 2006, he reports, the Patriots were in the middle of league in terms of fumbles. From 2007 to 2014, they have been the best team in the league at avoiding fumbles. Unfortunately, Sharp titles his analysis "The New England Patriots prevention of fumbles is nearly impossible. His point, I guess, is that, within a sample, it is statistically nearly impossible to vary from the mean or have one data point the best and one the worst. Conspiracy language aside, it points out the success of Belichick's increasing emphasis on ball security. The wet-ball drills, the outdoor practices, the benching for fumbles. A big contributor to the Patriots success.