Charting base vs. sub defense

December, 23, 2011
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Each week during the season, the packages the Patriots are utilizing on defense have been charted, focusing on defensive backs.

With a package that has four defensive backs, that has been classified as base. With five or more defensive backs, that is referred to as a sub defense.

The Patriots leaned havier on the base D last Sunday in Denver against the Tim Tebow option attack. Of 29 snaps in the first half, 22 came out of base personnel. The numbers ended up evening out by the end of the game, as the Patriots played more sub in the second half after taking the lead.

Here is the Patriots' season outlook when comparing the base vs. sub defense:

Sub -- 608 of 987 (61.6 percent)
Base -- 352 of 987 (35.6 percent)
Short-yardage -- 27 of 987 (2.7 percent)

The game by game breakdown of base vs. sub:

Broncos
Base
-- 33 of 60
Sub -- 26 of 60
Short-yardage -- 1 of 60

Colts
Sub --
69 of 73
Short-yardage -- 3 of 73
Base -- 1 of 73

Eagles
Sub
-- 61 of 73
Base -- 11 of 73
Short-yardage -- 1 of 73

Chiefs
Base --
41 of 70
Sub -- 29 of 70
Short-yardage -- 0 of 70

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

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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