Sub defense needs some work

September, 28, 2010
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The Patriots spent the majority of Sunday’s win over the Bills in sub packages, with extra defensive backs on the field.

A look at the breakdown:

Sub: 38 of 56
Base: 18 of 56
Short-yardage: 0 of 56

This was a similar breakdown to the season-opener against the Bengals, when the Patriots built an early lead and forced the Bengals into obvious passing situations.

On the flip side, the Patriots relied more on their base defense against the Jets in Week 2.

When looking ahead to Monday night’s game against the Dolphins, it figures to be closer to a Jet-like plan. The top priority will likely be to stop the run against a physical offensive front, so the Patriots project to counter with their biggest, most physical unit.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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