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

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 [1]: Eight
DE Jermaine Cunningham [2]: Four
LB Brandon Spikes [3]: Three
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: Three
DL Vince Wilfork [4]: Two
DE Trevor Scott [5]: One
LB Jerod Mayo [6]: One
DL Brandon Deaderick: One
DL Kyle Love: One
DL Justin Francis [7]: 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. [8]