Patriots turnovers vs. Panthers turnovers
One of the reasons why the Patriots are 7-2 coming out of the bye week is their turnover ratio. The Pats have just 10 total giveaways on offense – six interceptions and four fumbles – which is good for second fewest in the AFC. On the other hand, they have 12 interceptions of their own and have seven fumble recoveries. The Patriots +9 turnover differential is second in the AFC only to the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Pats are one of just four AFC teams with a positive differential.
The Panthers have been just as good at controlling turnovers en route to their 6-3 record. Carolina has thrown eight interceptions and lost five fumbles, but they have picked off 13 passes from opposing QBs and recovered eight fumbles. Their +8 turnover differential is tied for second in the NFC, the only team with a higher differential being the Dallas Cowboys.