Run or pass, 3-receiver package was solid

A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 35-7 win over the Jaguars (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -– 22 of 62

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -– 15 of 62

1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB –- 13 of 62

3 WR/2 RB -– 6 of 62

3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -– 3 of 62

4 WR/1 RB -– 2 of 62

2 WR/1 TE/2 RB -– 1 of 62

(Two false-start penalties on Sebastian Vollmer not included in snaps.)

ANALYSIS: The 3 WR/1 TE/1 RB package, with Julian Edelman as the third option, had its best success in recent weeks, specifically on the opening drive of the second half, which was the march in which Edelman had his 28-yard catch. The Patriots also did some nice running out of the package early on their final 20-play drive. Offensive linemen deserve credit for creating space out of those spread formations … In opening a 28-0 first-half lead, the Patriots’ primary grouping was the standard 2 WR/2 TE/1 RB package, in which they ran 12 of 32 first-half snaps. But one aspect that stood out was how they tried a little bit of everything early, and the success provided them some good initial information as to how the Jaguars would match up with their different groupings … The two-minute drill at the end of the first half featured the 3 WR/2 RB package. The usage of two backs instead of a single back and tight end was a wrinkle that the Patriots have used in the past and it was successful ... The power 1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB package was used on 10 of the snaps on the team's final 20-play drive.