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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 11.25.14 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 15th in the league in sacks with 25. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after 11 games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 6 (38 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3.5 (25.5 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 3 (29 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 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: 12
DE Chandler Jones: 8
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 8
LB Jamie Collins: 3
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Akeem Ayers: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 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 Vince Wilfork: 1
DL Dominique Easley: 1
DL Alan Branch: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 23
DE Chandler Jones: 15
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 14
LB Akeem Ayers: 13
LB Jamie Collins: 11
DL Vince Wilfork: 11
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
S Devin McCourty: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 11.18.14 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 15th in the league in sacks with 23. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after nine games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 5 (29 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3.5 (25.5 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 2 (18 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 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: 10
DE Chandler Jones: 8
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 7
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Akeem Ayers: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jamie Collins: 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 Vince Wilfork: 1
DL Dominique Easley: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 20
DE Chandler Jones: 15
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 11
LB Akeem Ayers: 11
LB Jamie Collins: 10
DL Vince Wilfork: 9
DL Dominique Easley: 7
DL Chris Jones: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 11.04.14 at 10:28 am ET
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Akeem Ayers has already made an impact on New England’s pass rush. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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 13th in the league in sacks with 22. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after nine games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 4 (29 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3.5 (25.5 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 2 (18 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 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 Chandler Jones: 8
DE Rob Ninkovich: 8
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Akeem Ayers: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jamie Collins: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DL Vince Wilfork: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 19
DE Chandler Jones: 15
LB Jamie Collins: 9
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 9
DL Vince Wilfork: 7
LB Akeem Ayers: 5
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Chris Jones: 5
DL Dominique Easley: 5
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 10.28.14 at 12:55 pm 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 ninth in the league in sacks with 21. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after eight games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 4 (29 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3.5 (25.5 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Akeem Ayers: 1 (9 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 Chandler Jones: 8
DE Rob Ninkovich: 8
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jamie Collins: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 1
LB Akeem Ayers: 1
CB Brandon Browner: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
DL Vince Wilfork: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 18
DE Chandler Jones: 15
DL Vince Wilfork: 7
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Chris Jones: 5
DL Dominique Easley: 4
LB Jamie Collins: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 3
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1
LB Akeem Ayers: 1
S Patrick Chung: 1
CB Logan Ryan: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 10.20.14 at 6:36 pm 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 10th in the league in sacks with 18. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after seven games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 4.5 (28 yards), tied for 12th in the league
DE Rob Ninkovich: 4 (29 yards), tied for 14th in the league
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3 (23 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 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)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 8
DE Rob Ninkovich: 7
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Chris Jones: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jamie Collins: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1
DB Patrick Chung: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 14
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 14
DL Vince Wilfork: 7
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
DL Chris Jones: 4
DL Casey Walker: 3
DE Zach Moore: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots have done best job getting after QB? 10.13.14 at 7:27 pm 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 7th in the league in sacks with 15. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after six games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 4 (29 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 3.5 (13 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 2 (22 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 yards)
LB Deontae Skinner: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 7
DE Chandler Jones: 6
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 4
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
LB Jamie Collins: 2
DL Chris Jones: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
LB Deontae Skinner: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 9
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 9
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Vince Wilfork: 5
DL Chris Jones: 4
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Casey Walker: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots have done best job getting after QB 10.07.14 at 8:45 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 15th in the league in sacks with 10. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after five games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 2.5 (11 yards)
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 2 (22 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 1.5 (12 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 1 (4 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
DE Chandler Jones: 5
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 4
DE Rob Ninkovich: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Chris Jones: 1
DL Joe Vellano: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 9
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 5
DL Vince Wilfork: 4
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Chris Jones: 2
DL Dominique Easley: 1
DL Casey Walker: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1

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