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Pressure Points: Which Pats defenders have done the best job of getting after the QB this season?

09.24.13 at 10:45 am ET
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Every week over the course of the 2013 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. While sacks can be overrated, when evaluated as part of a bigger picture that includes quarterback hits and quarterback pressures (the latter courtesy of Pro Football Focus), it should provide a good picture as to which defenders are consistently able to get after the quarterback. Through three games, the Patriots have seven sacks (tied for 18th), 21 quarterback hits and 23 quarterback hurries. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a quick look at some pass-rush numbers for the Patriots to this point in the 2013 season:

Quarterback sacks
DL Chandler Jones: 3 (20.5 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 1.5 (6.5 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 1 (6 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (1 yard)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 0.5 (1 yard)

Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)
DE Chandler Jones: 6
DL Tommy Kelly: 5
DE Rob Ninkovich: 3
DE Michael Buchanan: 3
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 1
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
LB Jerod Mayo: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 10
DE Rob Ninkovich: 7
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
DL Tommy Kelly: 1
DE Michael Buchanan: 1
LB Jerod Mayo: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the pass rush numbers through three games in 2012.

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