A few facts and figures from the Patriots' 35-21 victory over the Chargers on Sunday:
Brady had better chemistry
NEXT LEVEL: The Patriots and Chargers finished with the first and second most plays that used two or more tight ends on offense last season. On Sunday, Tom Brady connected for all three of his passing touchdowns on the day with his tight ends. Meanwhile, Philip Rivers finished with just one attempt intended for Antonio Gates that ended with an interception. While Brady was strong from two tight-end formations, he was even better with extra wide receivers on the field.
Chargers fail to pressure Brady
NEXT LEVEL: The Chargers took a unique approach against Tom Brady on Sunday. Of the 44 dropbacks taken by Brady, the Chargers dropped 8 men in pass coverage on 12 of those. With a three-man pass rush providing little pressure, Brady was patient and found holes in the zone to finish 10-of-11 for 120 yards and a touchdown in those situations.
Brady beats Chargers deep
NEXT LEVEL: Tom Brady completed 10 of 12 passes that traveled 11 yards or more on Sunday. He was able to exploit the Chargers’ secondary, one of the top defenses in the NFL against the deep ball in 2010, with many different receivers. Overall, five different Patriots caught two passes each that were thrown 11 yards or more resulting in 203 yards and two touchdowns.
Rivers couldn’t get an edge
NEXT LEVEL: The cornerbacks for the Patriots held strong on sideline passes against Philip Rivers on Sunday. The Patriots have protected the edge well early this season, entering Week 2 with 4 defended passes on throws outside the field numbers, second most among NFL defenses.