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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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Pressure Points: Which Patriots have done best job getting after QB? 09.30.14 at 12:37 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 nine. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after four games for the 2014 regular season:
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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB? 09.23.14 at 8:30 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 ninth in the league in sacks with seven. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™€™€™€™€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after three games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 2 (22 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 2 (7 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 4
DE Rob Ninkovich: 3
DE Chandler Jones: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 6
LB Jerod Mayo: 5
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 4
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 4
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
DL Chris Jones: 1
DL Dominique Easley: 1
DB Tavon Wilson: 1

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Pressure points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB 09.16.14 at 3:33 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 fourth in the league in sacks with seven. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™€™€™€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after two games for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
LB Dont’a Hightower: 2 (22 yards)
DE Chandler Jones: 2 (7 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 1 (10 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)
DB Kyle Arrington: 1 (0 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 3
DE Chandler Jones: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DE Rob Ninkovich: 2

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DE Chandler Jones: 5
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 3
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
DL Joe Vellano: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 1
DL Chris Jones: 1

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Pressure points: Which Patriots defenders did best job getting after QB in season opener? 09.09.14 at 3:52 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. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™€™€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots after one game for the 2014 regular season:

Sacks (via gamebooks)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1 (9 yards)

Quarterback Hits (via gamebooks)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1
LB Dont’a Hightower: 1

Quarterback Hurries (via PFF)
DL Joe Vellano: 2
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
LB Jerod Mayo: 1
LB Dont’a Hightower: 1

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Pressure Points: Which Patriots defenders have done best job getting after QB in 2013? 12.31.13 at 8:45 am ET
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Every week over the course of the 2013 season, we’€™€ 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. Over the course of the 2013 regular season, the Patriots had 48 sacks (fifth in the league, and the most for a New England team since the 1985 team had 51), 91 quarterback hits and 177 quarterback hurries. Based on the official NFL game books and PFF, here’€™€™s a look at the pass-rush numbers for the Patriots for the 2013 regular-season:

Quarterback sacks
DL Chandler Jones: 11.5 (74 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 8 (38 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 6 (42 yards)
DL Sealver Siliga: 3 (26 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 2.5 (15 yards)
LB Dane Fletcher: 2 (19 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 2 (18 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 2 (15 yards)
DE Andre Carter: 2 (12 yards)
CB Kyle Arrington: 2 (11 yards)
CB Logan Ryan: 1.5 (14 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1.5 (5 yards)
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 1 (9 yards)
DL Isaac Sopoaga: 1 (8 yards)
S Steve Gregory: 1 (0 yards)

Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)
DE Chandler Jones: 22
DE Rob Ninkovich: 17
DL Chris Jones: 8
DE Andre Carter: 7
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DE Michael Buchanan: 5
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 5
DL Joe Vellano: 4
LB Jamie Collins: 3
LB: Dane Fletcher: 3
CB Kyle Arrington: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
CB Logan Ryan: 2
S Steve Gregory: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
DL Isaac Sopoaga: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 46
DE Chandler Jones: 39
LB Dont’€™€™a Hightower: 13
DL Chris Jones: 13
DL Joe Vellano: 12
LB Brandon Spikes: 7
DE Michael Buchanan: 7
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
LB Jamie Collins: 6
DE Andre Carter: 5
DL Sealver Siliga: 5
LB Dane Fletcher: 4
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
DL Isaac Sopoaga: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
CB Devin McCourty: 2
CB Marquice Cole: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1

By way of comparison, here’s a look at pass rush numbers for the 2012 regular season.

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Pressure Points: Which New England defenders have done best job getting after QB in 2013? 12.24.13 at 10:15 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 15 games, the Patriots have 44 sacks (tied for sixth in the league), 85 quarterback hits and 163 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: 11.5 (74 yards)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 7 (34 yards)
DL Chris Jones: 5 (36 yards)
DL Tommy Kelly: 2.5 (15 yards)
LB Dane Fletcher: 2 (19 yards)
DL Joe Vellano: 2 (18 yards)
DE Michael Buchanan: 2 (15 yards)
DL Sealver Siliga: 2 (13 yards)
DE Andre Carter: 2 (12 yards)
CB Kyle Arrington: 2 (11 yards)
CB Logan Ryan: 1.5 (14 yards)
LB Jerod Mayo: 1.5 (5 yards)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 1 (9 yards)
DL Isaac Sopoaga: 1 (8 yards)

‘€¨’€¨Quarterback hits (per NFL game books)
DE Chandler Jones: 22
DE Rob Ninkovich: 16
DE Andre Carter: 7
DL Chris Jones: 7
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
DE Michael Buchanan: 5
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 5
DL Joe Vellano: 4
LB: Dane Fletcher: 3
CB Kyle Arrington: 2
DL Sealver Siliga: 2
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
DL Vince Wilfork: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
CB Logan Ryan: 1
S Steve Gregory: 1
DL Issac Sopoaga: 1
LB Jamie Collins: 1

Quarterback hurries (per PFF)
DE Rob Ninkovich: 42
DE Chandler Jones: 33
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: 13
DL Joe Vellano: 11
DL Chris Jones: 12
DL Tommy Kelly: 6
LB Brandon Spikes: 6
DE Michael Buchanan: 6
LB Jamie Collins: 6
DE Andre Carter: 4
DL Sealver Siliga: 5
LB Dane Fletcher: 4
DL Vince Wilfork: 3
DL Isaac Sopoaga: 3
LB Jerod Mayo: 2
CB Devin McCourty: 2
CB Marquice Cole: 1
CB Kyle Arrington: 1
DE Jake Bequette: 1
CB Alfonzo Dennard: 1

By way of comparison, here’s a look at the pass rush numbers through 15 games last year.

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