Base defense a big part of success

When breaking down the Patriots’ defensive packages utilized in their 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens, it becomes clear that they valued size. They ran the majority of their snaps in the base 3-4 defense

Base: 58 of 77

Sub: 18 of 77

Short-yardage: 1 of 77

The only other game this season in which the base defense was utilized for the majority of snaps was the Week 2 loss to the Jets.

Here is the Patriots' breakdown this season (including penalties):

Sub defense: 177 of 349 (50.7 percent)

Base defense: 167 of 349 (47.8 percent)

Short yardage: 5 of 349 (1.43 percent)