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Week 11 Patriots offensive stats
- Although Tom Brady was under pressure on just 21.1 percent of his dropbacks, the New England quarterback held a clinic when it came to passing under pressure. Brady completed six of his seven passes under pressure, but all of his attempts were accurate since the seventh pass was dropped. Furthermore, he had a passer rating of 142.6 on these plays as he threw for 61 yards and a touchdown under pressure. Brady now leads the league with a significant margin in passer rating under pressure with 110.8 on the season. As a comparison, that would rank seventh – just behind himself and ahead of Aaron Rodgers – among quarterbacks when they are kept clean.
- Even though the Patriots were without two of their starting offensive linemen, the offensive line held up well against Oakland. New England’s unit allowed just six total pressures (one sack, two hits and three hurries) on 38 passing plays, leading to a pass blocking efficiency of 87.5, which is the fifth-best in the league prior to the Monday night game. Furthermore, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle was the only lineman who allowed more than one pressure as he gave up one hit and one hurry.
- Left tackle Nate Solder played probably the best game of his season as he did not give up a single pressure on 38 plays. This was just the fifth time since the beginning of the 2016 season when Solder did not surrender a single pressure and the first such occasion since Week 17 of last year.
- Wide receiver Brandin Cooks separated himself from the pack in the race for the most deep receiving yards this season as he leads all wide receivers with 431 receiving yards on deep passes (20-plus yards in the air) while DeAndre Hopkins is second with 313 yards. Cooks has been one of the most frequently used deep targets in the league as 30.0 percent of his targets came on deep passes, which is the ninth-highest rate in the NFL. The former New Orleans Saint caught all 11 of his catchable deep targets for 431 yards and three touchdowns this season, including two receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown yesterday against the Raiders.
Week 11 Patriots defensive stats
- The Oakland Raiders came into the game with their offensive line having the third-highest pass blocking efficiency, but the Patriots defense had some success rushing the passer on Sunday afternoon. Oakland QB Derek Carr was under pressure on 24.0 percent of his dropbacks and had a passer rating of just 24.8 on these plays as he completed just 5 of his 11 attempts and also had a passer rating under pressure.
- Edge defender Trey Flowers led the Patriots in pressures as he picked up a quarterback hit and four hurries on 46 pass rushing snaps while he also batted down a pass. Flowers has been on the field a lot as he is fourth among edge defenders with 606 snaps this season and is ranked second among 4-3 defensive ends with 338 pass rushing snaps. In addition, he is also tied for the ninth most pressures recorded among 4-3 defensive ends with 41.
- While interior pressure has not been a big part of the Patriots defense this season, interior defender Lawrence Guy tied his season-high of three total pressures – three hurries – yesterday. As a matter of fact, this was Guy’s ninth game in a row in which he recorded at least one pressure after not picking up a single pressure in the season-opener against Kansas City.
- Patrick Chung continued to play mainly slot cornerback for the Patriots on Sunday against Oakland as he has seen his position change this season. While Chung had played at safety for most of his previous seasons, he lined up there on just 8.5 percent of his snaps this season. In fact, he has played 56.4 percent of his seasons at cornerback in 2017, including 47.0 percent at slot cornerback. Chung has been allowing a passer rating of 86.0 as a slot cornerback this season, which is the 19th lowest in the NFL.
- CB Jonathan Jones had another solid outing against Oakland. Even though Jones was New England’s second-most targeted with 10 passes going his way, he allowed just five receptions for 37 yards and also had a pass breakup. He has been the 10th most frequently targeted cornerback since Week 5 with a pass going his way every 5.0 snaps; however, he’s also allowed the 10th lowest passer rating in that time span with just 48.7.