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A statistical comparison of 2011 and 2012 Patriots offense through nine games

11.12.12 at 12:35 pm ET
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When it comes to the New England offense, here are a few statistical comparisons between last year’€™s team and this year’€™s team through nine games:

PASSING GAME
‘€¢Brady through nine games in 2011: 238-for-360 for 3,032 yards, with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
‘€¢Brady through nine games in 2012: 232-for-358 for 2,645 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

‘€¢Welker through nine games in 2011: 72 catches on 101 targets for 1,006 yards and 6 TDs.
‘€¢Welker through nine games in 2012: 66 catches for 94 targets for 810 yards and 2 TDs.

‘€¢Gronkowski through nine games in 2011: 52 catches on 73 targets for 709 yards and 8 TDs.
‘€¢Gronkowski through nine games in 2012: 46 catches on 68 targets for 611 yards and 8 TDs.

‘€¢Hernandez through nine games in 2011 (7 games because of injury): 37 catches on 55 targets for 374 yards and 5 TDs.
‘€¢Hernandez through nine games in 2012 (3-plus games because of injury): 17 catches on 24 targets for 143 yards and 2 TDs.

Targets by position through nine games in 2011:
Running back: 25 catches on 35 targets
Tight end: 89 catches on 129 targets
Wide receiver: 124 catches on 195 targets
Other: 0 catches on 1 target

Targets by position through nine games in 2012:
Wide receiver: 130 catches on 208 targets.
Tight end: 68 catches on 103 targets.
Running back: 35 catches on 46 targets.

RUNNING GAME
‘€¢Running game through nine games in 2011: 227 rushes on 953 rushing yards for an average of 4.2 yards per carry and 6 TDs.
‘€¢Running game through nine games in 2012: 305 rushes on 1,314 rushing yards for 4.3 yards per carry and 14 TDs.

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