Mayo tops tackle leaderboard

A weekly look at the Patriots' leaders in defensive and special teams tackles (as credited by coaches after film review):


LB Jerod Mayo -- 20 (14 solo/6 assisted)

S Patrick Chung -- 14 (13/1)

CB Devin McCourty -- 13 (12/1)

S Sergio Brown -- 11 (10/1)

S Josh Barrett -- 8 (6/2)

Special teams

S Sergio Brown -- 3 (3/0)

Six players tied with 1

NOTES: The Patriots' special teams coverage was excellent against the Chargers, with WR Matthew Slater making a nice tackle on second-half punt coverage and LB Tracy White setting the tone on the opening kickoff with a solid tackle. ... On defense, LB Jerod Mayo has played every snap. ... Six of the top seven defenders in tackles are defensive backs. ... The Patriots have been credited with 6 sacks and 15 quarterback hits through two games. Last year through two games, it was 4 sacks and 10 quarterback hits.