NFL Notebook: Brady, Patriots have picked up pace offensively last couple of weeks

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

In this week’s edition of the NFL Notebook, we look at the Patriots’ approach the week before the bye, where New England stands when it comes to this unprecedented offensive explosion this season, and a few numbers that caught our eye this week. There's also a quick spin around the AFC East, and some updated penalty info. But first, we look at a Patriots’ offense that is starting to step on the gas the last couple of weeks.

1. The Patriots’ offense is getting faster. The last three games, Tom Brady has been quicker on the draw (from snap to release) than at any other point on the season, while the amount of no-huddle New England has run has also increased gradually over the last few games.

By our count, against the Packers, Brady averaged