DETROIT -- The Patriots have transitioned from a three-receiver offense to one that features more multiple tight end groupings. But Thursday's 45-24 win over the Lions had a bit of a throwback feel to it.
Wes Welker's 5-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter came out of the three-receiver set, as did Welker's 16-yard screen pass-and-run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots had a three-receiver grouping on the field for six first-half plays. That number jumped to 11 in the second half, when the Patriots took control.
A look at the positional groupings:
2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 28 of 54 (15 first half/13 second half)
3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 17 of 54 (6 first half/11 second half)
2 WR/1 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 3 of 54 (2 first half/1 second half)
1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 3 of 54 (2 first half/1 second half)
3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 3 of 54 (1 first half/2 second half)