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Pressure Points: Which New England defenders have done job getting after quarterback in 2012?

11.13.12 at 11:53 am ET

Through nine weeks, the Patriots have 34 quarterback hits and 20 sacks (tied for 16th in the league) as a team. Based on gamebooks, here’€™s a quick look at some pass-rush numbers for the Patriots to this point in the 2012 season:

Quarterback hits
DE Chandler Jones: Nine
DE Rob Ninkovich: Eight
DE Jermaine Cunningham: Four
LB Brandon Spikes: Three
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: Three
DL Vince Wilfork: Two
DE Trevor Scott: One
LB Jerod Mayo: One
DL Brandon Deaderick: One
DL Kyle Love: One
DL Justin Francis: One

Jones: 6 (33 yards)
Ninkovich: 6 (31 yards)
Cunningham: 2.5 (21 yards)
Hightower: 2 (10 yards)
Love: 1.5 (4 yards)
Mayo: 1 (7 yards)
Wilfork: 1 (10 yards)

Through nine games last year, the Patriots had 49 quarterback hits and 20 sacks as a team.

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