Defensive snaps: LB Mayo eased in

PITTSBURGH – A look at snaps played by Patriots defenders and analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

S Patrick Chung – 80 of 80

CB Devin McCourty – 80 of 80

CB Kyle Arrington – 77 of 80

LB/DE Rob Ninkovich – 74 of 80

LB Brandon Spikes – 74 of 80

DT/DE Vince Wilfork – 69 of 80

S James Ihedigbo – 68 of 80

DE Andre Carter -- 67 of 80

LB Gary Guyton – 52 of 80

CB Antwaun Molden – 42 of 80

DT Kyle Love – 33 of 80

LB Jerod Mayo – 31 of 80

DL Gerard Warren – 29 of 80

DE Mark Anderson – 23 of 80

DT Albert Haynesworth – 22 of 80

CB Phillip Adams – 19 of 80

S Sergio Brown – 15 of 80

DE/DT Brandon Deaderick – 15 of 80

DE Shaun Ellis – 9 of 80

S Rob Gronkowski – 1 of 80

(Includes penalties, but not the final kneel-down.)

ANALYSIS: The 80 snaps were a season high. … At linebacker, Jerod Mayo was eased back into the mix, with Brandon Spikes leading the huddle and playing in both base and sub packages. … Overall, a quiet day for both Mayo and DL Albert Haynesworth in limited action. ... With DE Shaun Ellis leaving with a rib injury in the first half, Brandon Deaderick took his place at left defensive end in the base 4-3. … But this was a game played more in the sub defense, and as has been the case in recent weeks, DL Vince Wilfork and DE Andre Carter played in both packages. … CB Antwaun Molden bumped up to Leigh Bodden’s old third corner role, but like Bodden, he played an outside position with CB Kyle Arrington moving into the slot. Molden was replaced by CB Phillip Adams at the end of the Steelers’ first drive of the second half, with Adams playing the rest of the way. … TE Rob Gronkowski took his second defensive snap of the season in the end-of-first-half, defend-the-potential-Hail-Mary role.