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Sub defense gets job done

11/18/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots' pass rush was at its best in Sunday's win over the Jets, and the defensive line gets a big chunk of the credit for that. The Patriots employed an aggressive 4-2-5 sub defense for the majority of snaps and ends Andre Carter and Mark Anderson were bringing the heat off the edges.

The success of the sub defense (5 or more defensive backs) is a promising sign for the Patriots when considering how often they use it.

Here is the Patriots' season outlook when comparing the base and sub defenses (including penalties):

Sub -- 397 of 636 (62.4 percent)

Base -- 220 of 636 (34.5 percent)

Short-yardage -- 19 of 636 (2.9 percent)

The game by game breakdown of base vs. sub:

Jets

Sub
-- 50 of 72

Base -- 22 of 72

Short-yardage -- 0 of 72

Giants

Sub --
35 of 72

Base -- 34 of 72

Short-yardage -- 3 of 72

Steelers

Sub --
62 of 80

Base -- 14 of 80

Short-yardage -- 4 of 80

Cowboys

Base
-- 40 of 74*

Sub -- 33 of 74

Short-yardage -- 1 of 74

* Includes one play with 12 men on the field

Jets

Base
-- 33 of 54

Sub -- 21 of 54

Short-yardage -- 0 of 54

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 72

Base -- 22 of 72

Short-yardage -- 1 of 72

Dolphins

Sub
-- 59 of 76

Base -- 15 of 76

Short yardage -- 2 of 76