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.
As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.
The full Patriots and Falcons injury report:
FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward.
That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel.
Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.
“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever.
“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”