Last week, Bill Simmons wrote half-jokingly that the Patriots should keep their punter off the roster for the Jets game "to send a message" (to the Jets who reported the Patriots' sideline videotaping...something the Jets had apparently also got caught doing against the Patriots last season).
This got me looking: How often does the Patriots' punter actually see the field?
In 13 games, Chris Hanson has punted 32 times. That's only 2.46 punts per game! If he maintains his average, he'll have only 40 punts this season. Compare this with San Francisco's punter who already has 85 punts (6.54 punts per game).
Last year, the Patriots used 3 punters and punted 69 times. In 2005, their punter (Josh Miller) punted 76 times (or 4.75 punts per game).
The Patriots have almost halved their punt total in 2 seasons!
What's the record? It's actually 23 by San Diego in 1982, but they only played 9 games. So, 2.55 punts per game, worse than the Patriots' average. The 1941 Bears punted 32 times in 11 games, or 2.9 punts per game. Patriots win (so far)!