- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Continuing to monitor a trend of quarterback Tom Brady and the shotgun snap, let's update the numbers from Sunday's loss to the Cardinals:
Usage of the shotgun
vs. Cardinals: 47 of 82 (9 runs, 38 passes)
vs. Titans: 13 of 67 (0 runs, 13 passes)
The Patriots didn't call on the shotgun often in the season-opener at Tennessee, keeping Tom Brady under center for the majority of snaps, which helped contribute to a more balanced attack.
The shotgun was a much bigger part of the loss to the Cardinals, as the desired balance wasn't struck and the Patriots leaned heavier toward the pass mostly out of their three-receiver grouping. Credit to center Ryan Wendell for a solid effort when it came to the shotgun snaps.