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Patriots in key NFL stats

A look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical categories through 12 weeks of the NFL season, with the biggest dip coming in points allowed:

Points scored

4th (27.9 per game)

Last week: 3rd (29.0 per game)

Points allowed

7th (18.3 per game)

Last week: 2nd (16.4 per game)

Third-down offense

7th (68 of 153, 44.4 percent)

Last week: 6th (64 of 140, 45.7 percent)

Third-down defense

15th (50 of 132, 37.9 percent)

Last week: 15th (46 of 122, 37.7 percent)

Turnover margin

3rd (Plus-10, 23 takeaways, 13 giveaways)

Last week: 2nd (Plus-12, 22 takeaways, 10 giveaways)

Red-zone offense (based on TD percentage)

22nd (23 of 48, 47.9 percent)

Last week: 24th (21 of 44, 47.7 percent)

Red-zone defense (based on TD percentage)

27th (15 of 24, 62.5 percent)

Last week: 28th (13 of 20, 65 percent)