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Defensive snaps: 75 for Big 75

A look at the snaps played by Patriots defenders in the team's 31-27 win over the Packers, while projecting possible trends into Sunday's game at the Bills (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

LB Jerod Mayo -- 84 of 84

CB Devin McCourty -- 84 of 84

CB Kyle Arrington -- 81 of 84

S Patrick Chung -- 77 of 84

DL Vince Wilfork -- 75 of 84

LB Gary Guyton -- 72 of 84

S James Sanders -- 71 of 84

S Brandon Meriweather -- 59 of 84

DL Gerard Warren -- 59 of 84

DE Eric Moore -- 53 of 84

DE Tully Banta-Cain -- 51 of 84

DL Kyle Love -- 37 of 84

OLB/DE Rob Ninkovich -- 37 of 84

OLB Jermaine Cunningham -- 35 of 84

LB Dane Fletcher -- 26 of 84

S Jarrad Page -- 10 of 84

DL Brandon Deaderick -- 7 of 84

CB Darius Butler -- 6 of 84

(Snaps include offside, unnecessary roughness, defensive pass interference and illegal-hands-to-the-face penalties.)

ANALYSIS: The 84 snaps were a season high -- 37 in the first half, 47 in the second. ... It is unusual to see such a high total for Vince Wilfork -- the 75 matches his jersey number -- as he was relied upon heavily in a variety of fronts because the team was short-handed up front. Bill Belichick called it one of Wilfork's best games as a Patriot. ... Rookie cornerback Devin McCourty, who was questionable entering the game with a rib injury, didn't miss a beat in playing every snap. ... As has been the case all season, linebacker Jerod Mayo is part of every package, which reflects his value to the defense. ... At one point midway through the game, the Patriots had a liberal rotation with their top four safeties -- Brandon Meriweather, James Sanders, Patrick Chung and Jarrad Page. ... The Patriots mostly used a safety as a fifth defensive back. Cornerback Darius Butler came on in the dime. ... The defense spent a lot of time in a 4-2-5 nickel package, with Tully Banta-Cain and Eric Moore as ends. The Packers focused on attacking that matchup on the ground, which is an approach the Patriots can expect to see from opponents in the weeks to come because of the success Green Bay had with it. ... Rob Ninkovich and Jermaine Cunningham were primarily used as outside linebackers in the 3-4 alignment, with Ninkovich earning two rush opportunities as a defensive end in the 4-2-5 nickel early in the game.