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There is no doubt the Patriots have put up some impressive point totals over the last month, particularly in their last two games.
Forty-nine points Thursday against the Jets. A franchise record-tying 59 last Sunday against the Colts. Thirty-seven Nov. 11 against the Bills, and 45 Oct. 28 in London against the Rams.
If you don’t have your calculator handy, that’s 190 total.
We’ve gotten used to seeing New England score at a better-than-average clip over the last five years, as they’ve finished eighth or better in points per game each year since 2006, including leading the NFL in 2007 and 2010.
With a quarter of the regular season left to play and thanks to their recent outburst, the Patriots again have scored more points than any team in the league.
In the process, they’re also rewriting the record book.
Their 108 points against the Jets and Colts is the highest two-game total in team history, surpassing the 101 against the Dolphins and Redskins in October 2007.
Thanks to playing last Sunday and again on Thursday, the Patriots also became the first team in NFL history to score 100 or more points in a span of five days.
Perhaps most eye-opening, especially for longtime fans, the 190-point four-game total is more than the 1990 Rod Rust Patriots had for the entire season (181).
The Patriots had five touchdowns in the second quarter alone Thursday night against the Jets, three from the offense and one each from the defense and special teams.
The second-quarter performance, combined with the Jets’ ineptitude, meant the Patriots went into the second half with a significant lead, but as always, they had no intention of backing off and abandoning their game plan.
“Our mentality is always going to be to try to go out there and try to score,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Friday. “That’s what our job is. That’s why we’re on the field and I think our team knows that. We respond best to that. I think that’s what our mentality is.”
McDaniels’s statement is in line with what coach Bill Belichick has long said about how he handles blowouts: that it is the job of the offense to score, and the job of the opposing defense to try to stop them.
That philosophy also helps to explain why Tom Brady is kept in blowouts perhaps a series longer than most Patriots fans would like.
As good as New England has been at finding the end zone in recent weeks, it hasn’t had the best-scoring month in NFL history.
For all of the declarations in recent years about the NFL caring about scoring first and foremost, you have to go back more than 60 years to find the team that had a higher four-game total than New England’s.
The 1950 Los Angeles Rams, a team that featured two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield, racked up 208 points over a four-game stretch, including back-to-back wins over the Colts and Lions in which they scored 70 and 65 points, respectively.
In going 9-3 in the regular season, the Rams had six games with 40 or more points. Their 38.8 points per game average would total 621 over a 16-game season, more than the league-record 589 the Patriots had in 2007.
The Patriots are averaging 37 points per game this season, which puts them on pace to break their record by 3 points.