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

The Patriots finished the 2012 regular season with 66 quarterback hits and 37 sacks as a team (tied for 15th in the league). Based on gamebooks, here’€™s a quick look at some pass-rush numbers for the Patriots this season:

Quarterback hits
DE Rob Ninkovich [1]: 12
DE Chandler Jones: 10
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: Nine
DL Justin Francis [2]: Seven
DE Jermaine Cunningham [3]: Six
LB Jerod Mayo [4]: Five
DE Trevor Scott [5]: Five
LB Brandon Spikes [6]: Four
DL Vince Wilfork [7]: Three
DL Brandon Deaderick: Two
DL Kyle Love: One
CB Kyle Arrington [8]: One
CB Derrick Martin: One

Sacks
Ninkovich: 8.5 (51 yards)
Jones: 6 (33 yards)
Hightower: 4 (21 yards)
Scott: 3.5 (9 yards)
Wilfork: 3 (32 yards)
Mayo: 3 (24 yards)
Francis: 3 (8 yards)
Cunningham: 2.5 (21 yards)
Love: 1.5 (4 yards)
Deaderick: 1 (7 yards)
Martin: 1 (4 yards)

Last season, the Patriots had 88 quarterback hits and 40 sacks. [9]