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This stat bodes well for Patriots' hopes of returning to Super Bowl this season

This stat bodes well for Patriots' hopes of returning to Super Bowl this season

The New England Patriots have enjoyed one of the most dominant starts to a season in NFL history.

The Pats have earned a perfect 5-0 record through five weeks, but a deeper dive into some of the team's stats shows the true nature of its hot start.

New England's defense has given up only two offensive touchdowns all season. The unit also leads the league in many statistical categories, including yards allowed per game, points allowed per game, takeaways, sacks and third-down conversions.

One area where the Patriots have a wide lead on the rest of the league is point differential. New England is No. 1 with a plus-120 scoring differential, well ahead of the San Francisco 49ers (plus-70) in second place and the Dallas Cowboys (plus-41) in third place.

NFL Media's Mike Giardi tweeted an interesting stat Wednesday showing where the Patriots rank in regards to the best point differential through five games since the AFL-NFL merger. You'll notice each of the teams listed reached the Super Bowl.

The Patriots have a long way to go before returning to Miami for Super Bowl LIV in February, and if we're being honest, their schedule to this point has been pretty soft.

Still, any team with Tom Brady as its starting quarterback and Bill Belichick as its head coach is going to have a great chance to reach the Super Bowl, especially in an AFC with only two elite teams. 

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Luka Doncic: 'Great player' Jaylen Brown 'deserves the contract he got'

Luka Doncic: 'Great player' Jaylen Brown 'deserves the contract he got'

Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown has silenced his doubters with a hot start to the 2019-20 NBA season, and one of the league's best young stars is impressed.

Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic, who scored a game-high 34 points in a 116-106 loss to the Celtics on Monday night, has plenty of praise for Brown after the game. 

It's still very early in the season, but the four-year, $115 million contract Brown signed before the season has looked like a great deal for the C's so far.

He's averaging 19.8 points and 7.2 rebounds, while shooting 53 percent from the field in 31.3 minutes per game. Brown scored 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds in Boston's win over the Mavs at TD Garden. His best performance of the season came Saturday night in San Antonio, where the 23-year-old guard poured in 30 points.

Brown is a key part of the Celtics' present and future, and with veteran forward Gordon Hayward out for the next six weeks after hand surgery, the 2016 first-round pick has a tremendous opportunity to establish himself as an All-Star player in the Eastern Conference.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on inherent pressure put on former Patriots QBs

Patriots Talk Podcast: Matt Cassel on inherent pressure put on former Patriots QBs

Former Patriots QB Matt Cassel joins Tom E. Curran for this episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast.

1:00 — Tom Curran takes us back to the Patriots 2017 season, discussing how strange the year seemed from the very beginning and how the Pats' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams the following season was cathartic for the team.

7:05 — Matt Cassel joins Tom to talk about how watching a weekend of football without the Patriots made them realize just how disciplined and organized Bill Belichick's team is.

14:31 — With the fallout of Jimmy Garoppolo losing his first game of the season on Monday night, Tom wonders if there is extra pressure put on quarterbacks formerly in the Patriots' system. Matt gives deeper insight into what it's like being Tom Brady's backup.

24:10 — Who is your NFL MVP through 10 weeks? Tom and Matt debate if Russell Wilson or Lamar Jackson has a better claim.

28:01 — Matt says the Patriots' upcoming game against the Eagles will "set the tone for the rest of the season." Tom and Matt talk about the last time these two teams played — Super Bowl LII — and how that loss affected the Patriots.

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