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Updating base vs. sub defensive stats

10/8/2012

As part of monitoring a growing trend in recent years for the Patriots -- the defense playing more in space in sub packages (5 or more defensive backs) -- let's update the numbers after Sunday's win over the Broncos:

vs. Broncos

Sub: 60 of 66

Base: 5 of 66

Short-yardage: 1 of 66

at Bills

Sub: 58 of 71

Base: 13 of 71

Short-yardage: 0 of 71

at Ravens

Base: 37 of 73

Sub: 36 of 73

Short-yardage: 0 of 73

vs. Cardinals

Sub: 30 of 64

Base: 29 of 64

Short-yardage: 5 of 64

at Titans

Sub: 42 of 65

Base: 21 of 65

Short-yardage: 2 of 65

That puts the five-game total at 66.6 percent in sub packages (226 of 339, including penalties). Cornerback Sterling Moore began Sunday's game as the fifth defensive back, with Ras-I Dowling serving as the dime back. But on the fourth offensive series, rookie Alfonzo Dennard replaced Moore as the fifth defensive back. Moore wasn't entirely demoted as he returned to play one series over Dennard in the second half.

Given the rise of sub defense, this positional battle between Moore and Dennard bears watching the weeks to come.