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Base defense helped stop run

One notable aspect of the Patriots' win over the Raiders last Sunday was how the defense went bigger to defend running back Darren McFadden.

In the first three weeks of the season, the defense had played 78 percent of its snaps in a sub package (5 or more defensive backs). The plan in Oakland was to utilize base personnel, which meant a bigger, more physical lineup.

The competitive performance showed the Patriots can play that style of football, which seems tailored for the likes of linebacker Brandon Spikes. So should the Jets go the "ground and pound" route Sunday, the Patriots have already proven they can answer that challenge.

A look at the season breakdown:

Raiders

Base -- 38 of70*

Sub -- 30 of 70

Short-yardage -- 2 of 70

* includes one play with 10 men on the field

Bills

Sub -- 58 of 66

Base -- 2 of 66

Short-yardage -- 6 of 66

Chargers

Sub -- 49 of 71

Base -- 22 of 71

Short-yardage -- 1 of 71

Dolphins

Sub -- 59 of 76

Base -- 15 of 76

Short yardage -- 2 of 76