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Patriots vs. Raiders: The Cold, Hard Football Facts

A look at Sunday’s Patriots-Raiders showdown, through the eyes of the football stat experts at coldhardfootballfacts.com.

It wasn’t the defense’s fault

New England’s defense is so weak it gets beat up by everybody in the pigskin playground.

But blame for last week’s loss to Buffalo falls squarely on quarterbacking super stud Tom Brady, who threw four INTs. NFL teams simply cannot overcome that type of performance.

NFL QBs are 13-204 (.060) since 1990 when they throw four or more INTs in a game.

Winning with the run

The Raiders are the very rare NFL team that wins with the run. They rank:

No. 1 in rushing yards

180.5 yards per game

No. 2 in rushing average

5.5 yards per attempt

No. 2 on the Cold, Hard Football Facts “Offensive Hog Index”

Stud Darren McFadden

produced the No. 1 rushing performance of 2011 in Oakland’s Week 3 win over Jets, according to CHFF “Rusher Rating.”

FFchamps.com’s ‘Start and Sit’

Start him

LeGarrette Blount is golden this week. The Colts have allowed 315 yards and four TDs in three weeks. That’s the third-most fantasy points to opposing RBs.

Sit him

Sam Bradford faces a tough Washington defense this week. The Redskins have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs.

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