Crunching numbers for an inside look at Jets-Patriots matchup

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The folks at ESPN Stats & Information culled many interesting factoids about the New York Jets and their matchup Sunday against the New England Patriots. Enjoy:

1. The Jets blitz more than any team in the NFL (47.6 percent of dropbacks), while Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is tied for sixth in completion percentage against the blitz (69.2).

2. The Jets are the best defense on passes outside the hash marks (Total QBR: 28.0), a direct result of improved cornerback play with Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. Meanwhile, Brady is terrific outside the hashmarks -- 84.1 Total QBR.

3. Ryan Fitzpatrick is on pace for the best Total QBR by a Jets quarterback in the 10 seasons of QBR data. He's had back-to-back games with a Total QBR above 90. No Jets quarterback has ever posted three straight games over 90.

4. Fitzpatrick's shortcomings are interceptions and long passes. With seven picks, he has the fourth-highest interception rate in the league (4.1). He's only 3-for-24 on pass attempts of at least 20 yards in the air, the lowest percentage in the league.

5. Brandon Marshall’s 511 receiving yards are the most through five games by a Jets player since Don Maynard in 1968. The most through six games is 662 (Maynard, 1967).

6. Chris Ivory leads the NFL in rushing yards per game (115.5). He averages 2.81 yards after contact per rush, the second-highest mark. He has run for at least 100 yards in two of his four meetings against the Patriots.

7. The Patriots are the only team with a third-down conversion percentage above 50 percent (50.9), and they're second in red-zone efficiency (73.9 percent). Their three turnovers are tied for the fewest.

8. New England is 18-4 in October games since 2010, including seven wins in a row.