One statistic that often doesn't receive a lot of attention is the time of game.
The NFL prefers that games are played in less than three hours, and the Patriots-Jets game on Sunday was particularly quick -- officially 2 hours 41 minutes.
For context, the fastest game played by the Patriots last season was 2 hours 48 minutes -- the AFC Divisional round playoff contest against Jacksonville.
The team's longest game last year was 3 hours 35 minutes -- the Super Bowl. The regular-season game against the Cowboys was second-longest, at 3 hours 31 minutes.
Including playoffs, the Patriots played nine games that lasted more than three hours last season.
This year's season-opener against the Chiefs was 2 hours 49 minutes.
EXTRA POINT: In the "Bits from Belichick" update below, I initially had the wrong play in which right guard Billy Yates made a nice block on a Kevin Faulk screen pass. It came in the third quarter, with the Patriots facing a third-and-9 on their touchdown drive. Faulk went 22 yards on the catch-and-run, with Yates delivering a key block. The error has now been corrected.