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PI Finds: Patriots Shellack Jets

Posted by Neil Paine on December 8, 2010

In honor of the Patriots' vicious beatdown of the Jets Monday night, here are some stats from the Team Game Finder...

New England's romp featured the 2nd-biggest margin of victory in any 2010 game:

Points
Rk Tm Year Date Opp W# G# Day Result PF PA PD
1 OAK 2010 2010-10-24 @ DEN 7 7 Sun W 59-14 59 14 45
2 NWE 2010 2010-12-06 NYJ 13 12 Mon W 45-3 45 3 42
3 DET 2010 2010-10-10 STL 5 5 Sun W 44-6 44 6 38
4 GNB 2010 2010-11-07 DAL 9 9 Sun W 45-7 45 7 38
5 ATL 2010 2010-09-19 ARI 2 2 Sun W 41-7 41 7 34
6 NYG 2010 2010-11-07 @ SEA 9 8 Sun W 41-7 41 7 34
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2010.

It also tied the 2nd-biggest rout in Monday Night Football history:

Points
Rk Tm Year Date Opp W# G# Day Result PF PA PD
1 BAL 2005 2005-12-19 GNB 15 14 Mon W 48-3 48 3 45
2 MIA 1986 1986-11-24 NYJ 12 12 Mon W 45-3 45 3 42
3 NWE 2010 2010-12-06 NYJ 13 12 Mon W 45-3 45 3 42
4 SEA 2005 2005-12-05 @ PHI 13 12 Mon W 42-0 42 0 42
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2010.

Oddly enough, though, it wasn't the most lopsided game in the history of the rivalry:

Date Winner PF PA Margin
9/9/1979 NWE 56 3 53
12/6/2010 NWE 45 3 42
9/26/1993 NYJ 45 7 38
9/15/2002 NWE 44 7 37
12/23/1990 NYJ 42 7 35

It was the 6th time a team dropped 40 or more on a division opponent so far this year:

Points
Rk Tm Year Date Opp W# G# Day Result PF PA PD
1 NWE 2010 2010-10-04 @ MIA 4 4 Mon W 41-14 41 14 27
2 OAK 2010 2010-10-24 @ DEN 7 7 Sun W 59-14 59 14 45
3 NYG 2010 2010-10-25 @ DAL 7 7 Mon W 41-35 41 35 6
4 DEN 2010 2010-11-14 KAN 10 9 Sun W 49-29 49 29 20
5 PHI 2010 2010-11-15 @ WAS 10 9 Mon W 59-28 59 28 31
6 NWE 2010 2010-12-06 NYJ 13 12 Mon W 45-3 45 3 42
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2010.

The Pats already have 2 of those games, but the Rams did that a record six times in 1950!

This was the 83rd instance since 1940 of a team up 28 after 3 quarters pouring on 14 more points in the 4th quarter, and the third time New England has done it in the last 4 seasons (the other 2 came in the run-up-the-score-fest known as the first 11 games of the '07 Patriots' season).

Speaking of the 2007 Patriots, the 2010 version still lags behind them by 90 in terms of points scored through the first 12 games of the season -- and yet, these current Pats have the 25th-most points through 12 games of any team since 1940!

As for the Jets, Monday night was by far the most points they've allowed in a game since Rex Ryan became head coach (and NE owns 2 of the top 3 on the list):

Points
Rk Tm Year Date Opp W# G# Day Result PF PA PD
1 NYJ 2010 2010-12-06 @ NWE 13 12 Mon L 3-45 3 45 -42
2 NYJ 2009 2009-11-22 @ NWE 11 10 Sun L 14-31 14 31 -17
3 NYJ 2009 2009-10-12 @ MIA 5 5 Mon L 27-31 27 31 -4
4 NYJ 2009 2010-01-24 @ IND 20 19 Sun L 17-30 17 30 -13
5 NYJ 2009 2009-11-01 MIA 8 8 Sun L 25-30 25 30 -5
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2010.

New York is usually so dominant on defense that it's unbelievably shocking to see them allow 45 points. In fact, that total was 2.8* standard deviations worse than their average PPG allowed from 2009-10.

Since losing to Cleveland, the Patriots have been as good as any team in the league:

Points
Rk Tm Year G W L T W-L% PF PA PD
1 GNB 2010 4 3 1 0 0.750 127 46 81
2 NWE 2010 4 4 0 0 1.000 160 81 79
3 NOR 2010 4 4 0 0 1.000 132 79 53
4 PHI 2010 4 3 1 0 0.750 146 100 46
5 CHI 2010 4 4 0 0 1.000 98 59 39
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/8/2010.

SRS says the Packers and Pats are clearly the 2 best teams in the league:

Team W L T MoV SoS SRS OSRS DSRS
New England Patriots 10 2 0 9.2 2.0 11.2 11.2 0.0
Green Bay Packers 8 4 0 10.1 0.4 10.5 3.6 6.9
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 3 0 6.3 1.9 8.3 1.1 7.2
Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 5.3 0.9 6.2 7.6 -1.4
Baltimore Ravens 8 4 0 4.9 0.7 5.7 0.0 5.7
Atlanta Falcons 10 2 0 5.9 -0.2 5.7 3.8 1.9

Could we be headed for a rematch of Super Bowl XXXI?

If so, you've gotta hand it to Bill Belichick and New England, who have thus far defied those statistical odds regarding teams outgained by 300 or more yards through their first 7 games.

* Errata: This post originally stated incorrectly that the Jets' defensive performance on Monday was 10.2 standard deviations worse than average.

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