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DeflateGate: Brady suspension expected (mega merge / updated)

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Regardless, once this deflation issue is stamped out for next season, I'll be anxious to see New England's fumble count. I won't count the Jimmy Garoppolo games, since I understand there might be some bad hand-off exchanges, or Jimmy simply won't protect the ball as well, but once Brady comes back, that's when I'm pulling out the stat-books.

You do realize that Ridley was a fumbling machine the last three seasons? And the Pats put the ball on the ground three times in the Ravens game and the Ravens put it on the ground zero.

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One thing this article is not accounting for though is fumble counts. Look at the fumbles and you'll find you don't need to be a statistician to see a glaring difference in fumble avoidance between the Patriots and all 31 other teams. BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn't fumble once throughout his entire career with the Patriots, then all of a sudden when he joins the Bengals, he fumbles three times within the first two weeks!? Call it the Patriot Effect, but I highly doubt the deflated balls didn't play at least some part in that.

 

It's interesting about the fumbles...but like anything else, sometimes it isn't always what it seems. 

 

For example, here are how the numbers of fewest fumbles breaks down per season since 2006 by New England and say...the Indianapolis Colts:

 

For fewest fumbles:

2006: Patriots ranked 22nd, Colts ranked 2nd

2007: Patriots ranked 1st, Colts ranked 2nd

2008: Patriots ranked 4th, Colts ranked 2nd

2009: Patriots ranked 4th, Colts ranked 1st

2010: Patriots ranked 1st, Colts ranked 4th

 

Pretty similar so far, eh? Let's continue.

 

2011: Patriots ranked 4th, Colts ranked 23rd    Whoa wait what? Oh yeah...Colts were 2-14

2012: Patriots ranked 5th, Colts ranked 14   Why are the Colts so high? Oh...Andrew Luck had the 4th most fumbles in the league as a rookie

2013: Patriots ranked 24th, Colts ranked 4th   Why are the Patriots so high? Oh...Tom Brady had the 5th most fumbles in the league

2014: Patriots ranked 2nd, Colts Ranked 31   Why are the Colts so high again? Oh...Andrew Luck had the most fumbles in the league

 

Some statistics take on a different look once you delve into them...

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