Passing along some 'special' stats

Rookie Zoltan Mesko's 65-yard overtime punt was one of the big plays in the Patriots' 23-20 victory over the Ravens on Sunday. With Mesko's effort as the springboard, here are some of the highights of the Patriots' special teams units from an NFL perspective:

Average drive start. The Patriots' rank second in the NFL, behind Seattle, with an average drive start of the 33.1 yard line.

Opponents' average drive start. The Patriots rank eighth in the NFL, with an opponents' average drive start of the 24.4 yard line.

Stephen Gostkowski and touchbacks. With 13, he ranks second in the NFL.

Zoltan Mesko and net punting. With a 41.6 net, the rookie punter ranks third in the NFL. His 44.2 average ranks 17th.

Brandon Tate and kickoff returns. His 19 returns for 620 yards produce a 32.6 average which ranks second in the NFL.

Punt return average. With Julian Edelman (4) and Wes Welker (4) splitting duties, the Patriots rank 19th in the NFL with an 8.1 average.