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Pressure Points: Which New England defenders have done best job getting after QB this season?

10.08.13 at 12:59 pm ET

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 five games, the Patriots have 13 sacks (tied for 14th), 32 quarterback hits and 51 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: 3.5 (24.5 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 2.5 (14.5 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 2 (15 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (13 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1.5 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (13 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1 (5 yards)

Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)

DE Chandler Jones: 9
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DE Rob Ninkovich: 5
DE Michael Buchanan: 4
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Chris Jones: 2
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 1
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)

DE Rob Ninkovich: 15
DE Chandler Jones: 14
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DL Joe Vellano: 4
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
DE Michael Buchanan: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 2
DE Jake Bequette: 1
LB Brandon Spikes: 1

For comparisons sake, here’s a look at the pressure totals through five games last season.

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