Base defense a big part of success

October, 19, 2010
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When breaking down the Patriots’ defensive packages utilized in their 23-20 overtime win over the Ravens, it becomes clear that they valued size. They ran the majority of their snaps in the base 3-4 defense

Base: 58 of 77
Sub: 18 of 77
Short-yardage: 1 of 77

The only other game this season in which the base defense was utilized for the majority of snaps was the Week 2 loss to the Jets.

Here is the Patriots' breakdown this season (including penalties):

Sub defense: 177 of 349 (50.7 percent)
Base defense: 167 of 349 (47.8 percent)
Short yardage: 5 of 349 (1.43 percent)

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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