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Patriots' offense leans hard on multiple TEs

ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss doggedly tracks every New England Patriots snap, down to the personnel on the field and the positional groupings.

Once again Sunday, the foundation of the Patriots' offense was a multi-tight end approach. The Patriots ran 51 of their 65 plays with two or more tight ends in beating the San Diego Chargers in Qualcomm Stadium.

ESPN Stats & Information found Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fared substantially better with two or more tight ends on the field. He went 16 of 24 for 130 yards and a touchdown (to rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski) and a 94.1 passer rating.

With one or no tight ends, Brady completed three of his eight passes for 29 yards and a 48.4 passer rating.

Over the past two games, 76 percent of Brady's attempts were made with at least two tight ends on the field.

Before the Patriots traded Randy Moss in Week 5, Brady attempted just 44 percent of his throws with multiple tight ends.