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Positional groupings: 3-WR emerges

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 27-24 win over the Dolphins while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 51 of 83

3 WR/2 TE -- 20 of 83

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 10 of 83

1 WR/3 TE/1 RB -- 2 of 83

ANALYSIS: The Patriots used the 3 WR/2 TE package on 15 of the first 19 snaps of the second half, going to the no-huddle with it. With no running back in the game, and trailing 17-0, the team obviously wasn't looking to establish the ground game (it passed on 14 of the 15 snaps out of that grouping). Notable was the presence of Chad Ochocinco in that package; he made his lone catch of the day (15 yards) on the opening drive of the third quarter. The only other game that the Patriots used the 3 WR/2 TE package as much was against the Eagles (link here). There probably isn't another team in the NFL that plays as many snaps without a running back on the field as the Patriots.