Patriots stat check after four games

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Patriots stat check after four games

Do you think Zoltan Mesko's having a shaky start to the season? He is. The Patriots are last in the AFC in punting gross and net and last in gross and 31st in net in the league.
Zoltan is last in the AFC at with a 38.6 average and a 32.6 net.

The Patriots are first in the NFL with 438.3 YPG on offense. The Ravens are second at 424.

Atlanta leads the NFL in turnover differential at 12. The Patriots are second at plus-11. The Pats have just three turnovers (two came Sunday). Atlanta, Houston and Washington have two each.

The league-wide average starting field position after kickoffs is the 21.9. The percentage of touchbacks is 88.4.

Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd are tied for 2nd in the AFC and 8th in the NFL with 25 catches. (Victor Cruz, 32, leads the NFL.)

Stephen Gostkowski is second in the NFL with 18 touchbacks.

Stevan Ridley leads the NFL with 30 first downs

Jerod Mayo is tied for 7th with 39 tackles

Stevan Ridley is tied for second in the NFL with 12 rushes of more than 10 yards. (LeSean McCoy has 13.)

Ridley is averaging 5.2 yards per carry on his first 10 runs of the game.

Brady leads the NFL in first downs thrown for when it's 3rd and 3-7 (7-9). He's second in the NFL with a 112.3 QB rating with three wideouts.

Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

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Brady hears from Manning and Favre on wins record, but not Goodell

The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.

Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks. 

Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.

"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."

Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.

"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."

Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.

"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.