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Stat check: 3rd down D last again

A weekly look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical areas, with the defense dipping to last in the NFL on third down, which is where the unit ranked at the end of the 2010 season:

Points scored

This week: Tied-2nd -- 33.75 avg.

Last week: Tied-2nd -- 34.6 avg.

Points against

This week: Tied-20th -- 24.5 avg.

Last week: 27th -- 26.3 avg.

Third-down offense

This week: 4th -- 22 of 42 (52.4 %)

Last week: 3rd -- 18 of 33 (54.5%)

Third-down defense

This week: 32nd -- 24 of 50 (48.0 %)

Last week: 25th -- 16 of 37 (43.2 %)

Turnover differential

This week: Tied-6th -- Plus-4 (9 takeaways, 5 giveaways)

Last week: Tied-8th -- Plus-2 (7 takeaways, 5 giveaways)

Red zone offense (TD percentage)

This week: 3rd (14 touchdowns/20 trips)

Last week: 4th (11 touchdowns/16 trips)

Red zone defense

This week: 21st (10 touchdowns/19 trips)

Last week: Tied-23rd (8 touchdowns/14 trips)