10 Things You Didn't Know: Week 16

Wondering what records are close to being set? The obvious one is Tom Brady's pursuit of Peyton Manning's single season TD pass record (49) (Brady is currently at 45). But there are some other things you probably didn't realize about the Patriots in this week 16 of the 2007 NFL season.

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Patriots

1 win -- With a win, the Patriots will go 6-0, undefeated in their own division (AFC East) for the first time in team history. New England has managed 5 wins against division opponents on five previous occasions: 1986, 1997, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The last two division losses came at the hands of the Miami Dolphins (2004, 05).


Cold weather records
-- In the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots get better in cold weather. But did you know this is their best month? New England is 26-6 (.813) in games played in the month of December winning 12 of their last 13 games.


Homefield advantage rules in Foxborough
-- The Patriots have the best record in the NFL in their home stadium. Since Gillette Stadium opened (2002), the Patriots have an NFL Best 15.48 points allowed per game average. It is the best record since 2002.

Team
Stadium
Games
Played
Points
Points /
ame
New EnglandGillette Stadium5280515.48
JacksonvilleJacksonville (Municipal Stad.)4775516.06
Tampa BayRaymond James Stadium4979216.16
BaltimoreM&T Bank Stadium4983517.04
PhiladelphiaVeteranss Stadium / Lincoln Field5497818.11


1 win
-- 1 more win and the Patriots become the first team in the NFL history to begin a season with 15 straight victories.


2 points
-- The Patriots need to outscore the Dolphins by (2) points to set the NFL record for highest point differential in a season. The Patriots have outscored opponents by 291 points (523-232). The NFL record for point differential in a season is 292, set by the 1942 Chicago Bears, who outscored opponents 376-84 in an 11-game season.


34 points
- The number of points the Patriots need to score to set the NFL's
all-time record for most points scored in a season. New England has 523 points. The all-time NFL record is 556 points set by the 1998 Minnesota Vikings.


No running game?
Hogwash. The Patriots are averaging over 4.0 yards per carry having rushed 400 times for 1,609 yards. New England has only rushed for 4.0 yards per carry or more, once in the past 20 years (2004 with Corey Dillon). The Patriots have 4 100-yard performances this year. They managed that feat only 3 times in the past two seasons combined.


53.8 percent
-- The success rate for the Patriots scoring either a touchdown or a field goal on every possession.


89
- the leading total number of tackles by a Patriots defender (Tedy Bruschi). A number that does not qualify for the top 30 in the NFL.


6 catches
- with just 6 more receptions Wes Welker will set a new franchise record for receptions in a season. Welker currently has 96 catches on the year. Troy Brown holds the team record with 101 receptions, a mark he set in 2001. Welker is averaging 6.85 catches per game.


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