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Pressure Points: Which Pats defenders have done best job getting after QB in 2012?

Through 11 games, the Patriots have 43 quarterback hits and 23 sacks as a team (tied for 21st in the league). 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 Rob Ninkovich [1]: 10
DE Chandler Jones: Nine
DE Jermaine Cunningham [2]: Six
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: Five
LB Brandon Spikes [3]: Four
DL Vince Wilfork [4]: Two
LB Jerod Mayo [5]: Two
DL Justin Francis [6]: Two
DE Trevor Scott [7]: One
DL Brandon Deaderick: One
DL Kyle Love: One

Sacks
Ninkovich: 7 (36 yards)
Jones: 6 (33 yards)
Hightower: 3 (16 yards)
Cunningham: 2.5 (21 yards)
Mayo: 2 (16 yards)
Love: 1.5 (4 yards)
Wilfork: 1 (10 yards)

Through 11 games last year, the Patriots had 60 quarterback hits and 25 sacks. [8]