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

12.04.12 at 12:42 pm ET

Through 12 games, the Patriots have 46 quarterback hits and 26 sacks as a team (19th 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: 10
DE Chandler Jones: Nine
DE Jermaine Cunningham: Six
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: Five
LB Brandon Spikes: Four
LB Jerod Mayo: Three
DL Vince Wilfork: Two
DL Justin Francis: Two
DE Trevor Scott: Two
DL Brandon Deaderick: One
DL Kyle Love: One
CB Kyle Arrington: One

Ninkovich: 7 (36 yards)
Jones: 6 (33 yards)
Mayo: 3 (24 yards)
Hightower: 3 (16 yards)
Cunningham: 2.5 (21 yards)
Scott: 2 (2 yards)
Love: 1.5 (4 yards)
Wilfork: 1 (10 yards)

Through 12 games last year, the Patriots had 64 quarterback hits and 27 sacks (16th in the league).

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