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A statistical comparison of the 2011 and 2012 Patriots offense through 11 games

11.26.12 at 2:26 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 11 games:

PASSING GAME
•Brady through 11 games in 2011: 277-for-421 for 3,627 yards, with 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
•Brady through 11 games in 2012: 274-for-424 for 3,299 yards, with 24 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

•Welker through 11 games in 2011: 82 catches on 115 targets for 1,143 yards and 8 TDs.
•Welker through 11 games in 2012: 80 catches for 115 targets for 961 yards and 3 TDs.

•Gronkowski through 11 games in 2011: 60 catches on 84 targets for 864 yards and 11 TDs.
•Gronkowski through 11 games in 2012 (10 games because of injury): 53 catches on 75 targets for 748 yards and 10 TDs.

•Hernandez through 11 games in 2011 (8 games because of injury): 47 catches on 69 targets for 480 yards and 5 TDs.
•Hernandez through 11 games in 2012 (4-plus games because of injury): 19 catches on 27 targets for 179 yards and 2 TDs.

•Targets by position through 11 games in 2011:
Wide receiver: 142 catches on 224 targets
Tight end: 107 catches on 153 targets
Running back: 28 catches on 41 targets
Other: 0 catches on 1 target

•Targets by position through 11 games in 2012:
Wide receiver: 158 catches on 252 targets
Tight end: 78 catches on 115 targets
Running back: 39 catches on 52 targets

RUNNING GAME
•Through 11 games in 2011, the Patriots had 1,214 rushing yards on 298 carries, an average of 110.4 rushing yards per game and 4.1 yards per carry. In addition, the Patriots rushed for 9 touchdowns in that stretch.

•Through that same stretch in 2012, New England has 1,581 yards on 369 carries, an average of 143.7 rushing yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry. In addition, the Patriots have rushed for 18 touchdowns.

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