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Pressure points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB in playoffs? 01.20.15 at 9:30 am ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ve looked at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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 gives us a good picture as to what defenders were consistently able to get after the quarterback. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after two games of the 2014 postseason:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
None

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 4
DE Rob Ninkovich: 3
LB Jamie Collins: 2

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 14
DE Chandler Jones: 10
LB Jamie Collins: 5
DT Sealver Siliga: 5
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 3
DL Alan Branch: 3
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Chris Jones: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1

By way of comparison, here’€™s a look at the pass rush numbers for the 2014 regular season.

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Pressure points: Which Patriots defender was best at getting after QB on Saturday? 01.13.15 at 5:14 pm ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’ve looked at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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 gave us a good picture as to what defenders were consistently able to get after the quarterback. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after one game of the 2014 postseason:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
None

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 2
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 7
DE Rob Ninkovich: 6
DT Sealver Siliga: 3
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Chris Jones: 1
DL Alan Branch: 1

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Breaking down Patriots pass rush numbers for 2014 regular-season 12.30.14 at 9:00 am ET
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Rob Ninkovich led the Patriots in sacks with eight this season. (Getty Images)

Rob Ninkovich led the Patriots in sacks with eight this season. (Getty Images)

Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ve looked at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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 gave us a good picture as to what defenders were consistently able to get after the quarterback. The Patriots ended the regular season tied for 13th in the league in sacks with 40. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots for the 2014 regular-season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 8 (54 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 6 (50 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 6 (49.5 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 4 (35 yards)
LB Jamie Collins: 4 (30 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 3 (17.5 yards)
DL Sealver Siliga: 2.5 (11.5 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DE Zach Moore: 0.5 (2.5 yards)
DL Dominique Easley: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Vince Wilfork: 0.5 (2 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 16
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 12
DE Chandler Jones: 12
LB Jamie Collins: 7
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Akeem Ayers: 5
DL Sealver Siliga: 4
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DB Tavon Wilson: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 33
LB Akeem Ayers: 23
DE Chandler Jones: 19
LB Jamie Collins: 17
LB Dont’€™€’„¢a Hightower: 17
DL Vince Wilfork: 16
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 7
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DE Zach Moore: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 4
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 2
S Patrick Chung: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1
LB Darius Fleming: 1
S Tavon Wilson: 1

A few notes:

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB this season? 12.23.14 at 1:59 pm ET
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Dont'a Hightower

Dont’a Hightower

Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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. Currently, the Patriots are tied for 10th in the league in sacks with 38. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after 15 games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 8 (54 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 6 (50 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 6 (49.5 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 3 (29 yards)
LB Jamie Collins: 3 (24 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 3 (17.5 yards)
DL Sealver Siliga: 2.5 (11.5 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DE Zach Moore: 0.5 (2.5 yards)
DL Dominique Easley: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Vince Wilfork: 0.5 (2 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 16
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 12
DE Chandler Jones: 12
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jamie Collins: 6
LB Akeem Ayers: 4
DL Sealver Siliga: 4
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DB Tavon Wilson: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 30
LB Akeem Ayers: 21
DE Chandler Jones: 19
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 17
DL Vince Wilfork: 16
LB Jamie Collins: 16
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 7
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DE Zach Moore: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 3
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 12.16.14 at 7:45 am ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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. Currently, the Patriots are tied for 10th in the league in sacks with 36. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after 14 games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 8 (54 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 6 (49.5 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5 (40 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 3 (29 yards)
LB Jamie Collins: 3 (24 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 3 (17.5 yards)
DL Sealver Siliga: 1.5 (2.5 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DE Zach Moore: 0.5 (2.5 yards)
DL Dominique Easley: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Vince Wilfork: 0.5 (2 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 16
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 11
DE Chandler Jones: 10
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jamie Collins: 6
LB Akeem Ayers: 4
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DB Tavon Wilson: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 31
LB Akeem Ayers: 21
DE Chandler Jones: 19
DL Vince Wilfork: 16
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 15
LB Jamie Collins: 15
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 7
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DE Zach Moore: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 12.09.14 at 7:30 am ET
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Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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. Currently, the Patriots are tied for 14th in the league in sacks with 32. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after 13 games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 7 (45 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 4.5 (34.5 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 3 (29 yards)
LB Jamie Collins: 3 (24 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 3 (17.5 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DE Zach Moore: 0.5 (2.5 yards)
DL Dominique Easley: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Vince Wilfork: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Sealver Siliga: 0.5 (0.5 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 13
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 9
DE Chandler Jones: 8
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jamie Collins: 5
LB Akeem Ayers: 4
DL Dominique Easley: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DL Alan Branch: 1
DB Tavon Wilson: 1
DL Sealver Siliga: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 26
DE Chandler Jones: 15
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 15
LB Akeem Ayers: 20
DL Vince Wilfork: 14
LB Jamie Collins: 12
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 7
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DE Zach Moore: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 12.02.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Every week over the course of the 2014 season, we’€™€™ll provide a look at the Patriots pass rush numbers. Like all stats, the numbers have to be placed on context of game-situations and personnel. And 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. Currently, the Patriots are tied for 13th in the league in sacks with 28. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after 12 games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 6 (38 yards)
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 4.5 (34.5 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 3 (29 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 2.5 (17 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
LB Jamie Collins: 1 (6 yards)
DL Casey Walker: 1 (5 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)
DE Zach Moore: 0.5 (2.5 yards)
DL Dominique Easley: 0.5 (2 yards)
DL Vince Wilfork: 0.5 (2 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 12
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 9
DE Chandler Jones: 8
DL Chris Jones: 5
LB Jamie Collins: 3
LB Akeem Ayers: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
LB Jonathan Casillas: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DL Dominique Easley: 1
DL Alan Branch: 1
DB Tavon Wilson: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 25
DE Chandler Jones: 15
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 15
LB Akeem Ayers: 15
DL Vince Wilfork: 12
LB Jamie Collins: 11
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DE Zach Moore: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DL Alan Branch: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1

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