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Pressure Points: Which New England defenders are doing best job getting after QB in 2013?

11.26.13 at 1:11 pm ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

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 11 games, the Patriots have 34 sacks (tied for 6th), 61 quarterback hits and 122 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: 10.5 (65.5 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 5 (32 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 5 (24 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 2.5 (14.5 yards)
LB Dane Fletcher: 2 (19 yards)
CB Logan Ryan: 2 (18 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 2 (15 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1.5 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (13 yards)
LB Dont’a Hightower: 1 (9 yards)
DE Andre Carter: 1 (6 yards)
Team sacks: 1 (8 yards)



Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)
DE Chandler Jones: 19
DE Rob Ninkovich: 11
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DE Michael Buchanan: 5
DL Chris Jones: 5
LB Dont’a Hightower: 3
DE Andre Carter: 4
LB: Dane Fletcher: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
CB Logan Ryan: 1
S Steve Gregory: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 30
DE Chandler Jones: 26
DL Joe Vellano: 10
LB Dont’a Hightower: 10
DL Chris Jones: 7
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DE Michael Buchanan: 5
LB Jamie Collins: 5
LB Brandon Spikes: 5
DE Andre Carter: 4
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
LB Dane Fletcher: 2
DL Isaac Sopoaga: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
CB Devin McCourty: 2
CB Marquice Cole: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1

By way of comparison, here’s a look at pass rush numbers for the Patriots through 11 games in 2012.

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