DOMINANT DEFENSE:

Entering Week 8, the undefeated NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7-0) lead the league in both points for per game (31.9) and points against per game (6.9).

Against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), the Patriots can become the first team to average more than 30 points per game and allow fewer than 10 points per game through eight games of a season since the 1962 GREEN BAY PACKERS.

Additionally, New England’s point differential (+175) is the second-highest at this point of a season in NFL history, trailing only the 1920 Buffalo All-Americans (+218). With a win on Sunday, New England can continue its historic point differential pace and jump into the top five in NFL history through their first eight games.

The teams with the highest point differential through their first eight games of a season in NFL history:

TEAM SEASON POINT DIFFERENTIAL
Buffalo All-Americans 1920 +215
New England Patriots 2007 +204
Chicago Bears 1942 +189
Chicago Bears 1941 +187
Green Bay Packers 1962 +182
New England Patriots 2019 +175*
*Through seven games

New England also tops the NFL in turnover differential (+14), led by safety DEVIN McCOURTY’s league-high five interceptions. With a positive turnover differential on Sunday, New England can move into the top five for the highest turnover margin through eight games since 1970.

The teams with the largest turnover margin through eight games since 1970:

TEAM SEASON TURNOVER MARGIN
Baltimore Colts 1977 +22
Cincinnati 2005 +20
Denver 1984 +18
Kansas City 2003 +18
Minnesota 1983 +17
New England 2019 +14*
*Through seven games

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