Patriots positional groupings

Patriots used three WRs on 49 of 81 snaps

September 15, 2009, 12:32 PM

By: Mike Reiss

A look at the Patriots positional groupings in their 25-24 victory over the Bills on Monday night:

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 49 of 81 snaps
2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 20 of 81
1 WR/3 TE/1 RB -- 6 of 81
1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 3 of 81
3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 81
2 WR/1 TE/2 RB -- 1 of 81
3 WR/2 RB -- 1 of 81

ANALYSIS: The Patriots' approach seemed to be centered on defensive end Aaron Schobel and the Bills' ability to create pressure on the edges, which dictated more usage of tight ends and compact formations to assist in pass protection. Until the Patriots went into full-fledged two-minute mode in the final 5-plus minutes, it was almost an even split between the 3 WR/1 TE/1 RB package and the 2 WR/2 TE/1 RB grouping. I'm interested to watch the game over and see how many times the Patriots provided help to left tackle Matt Light against Schobel. One of the positives for the Patriots was the 3 TE/1 FB/1 RB package, which punched in a 1-yard touchdown run (Fred Taylor) on the goal-line. It's always good to win those battles at such an important spot on the field. It was also interesting to see the versatile Sammy Morris playing the Heath Evans-type role at fullback, which is something TE David Thomas (now in New Orleans) was carrying out in the preseason.

(Snaps include two false start penalties and one defensive holding penalty which are not official plays; also includes 2-point conversion attempts which provides a total of 81times that the Patriots lined up from scrimmage)


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