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Bill Belichick's Patriots are 13-4 against rookie quarterbacks

By Tim Graham

Read the rest of this blog entry with knowledge that Kevin Kolb beat the New England Patriots last year.

That said, Boston Herald reporter Jeff Howe produced some interesting data about the Patriots coach Bill Belichick's success against rookie quarterbacks in light of Wednesday's announcements from their first two opponents.

The Patriots will face Buffalo Bills rookie EJ Manuel on Sunday and New York Jets rookie Geno Smith four nights later.

Since Belichick became Patriots coach in 2000, they have gone 13-4 against rookie quarterbacks. That .765 winning percentage is nearly 200 percentage points above the league's combined record against rookie quarterbacks over that span and 42 percentage points higher than the Patriots' record against non-rookie quarterbacks.

One of the Patriots' losses was last year, when Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes in a 24-23 Seattle Seahawks home victory.

Howe also passed along rookie quarterbacks have completed 53.9 percent of their passes for an average of 206.3 yards a game with 16 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

Versus rookies making their NFL debuts, the Patriots are 4-0.


Bill Belichick | EJ Manuel | Geno Smith
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