Patriots use three-WR set for most of game

Taylor stopped for loss on one play Pats went away from alignment

September 21, 2009, 8:41 AM

By: Mike Reiss

A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 16-9 loss to the Jets:

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 76 of 77 snaps
1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 77

(Note: The Patriots had 67 official snaps. Ten penalties were included to account for the total of 77 snaps.)

ANALYSIS: The modus operandi of the offense is to mix and match positional groupings, but that was not the case in this game. The Patriots instead focused on tempo, sticking with the no-huddle throughout as skill-position players had play-sheets on their wrists and the sideline communication was tweaked. The first 64 plays were in the three-receiver set. The lone play the Patriots went away from that alignment was on third-and-1 with 7:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. Fred Taylor was stopped for a loss of 1 yard.


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