- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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In achieving the desired offensive balance for a good part of the first five weeks of the season, and turning more to the running game, the Patriots had been using the shotgun at a reduced rate.
That changed on Sunday in Seattle based on the team's pass-first plan.
Continuing to monitor the trend of quarterback Tom Brady and the shotgun snap, let's update the numbers after last Sunday's loss to the Seahawks:
Usage of the shotgun
at Seahawks: 60 of 87 (7 runs, 52 passes, 1 false start)
vs. Broncos: 45 of 94 (7 runs, 37 passes, 1 false start)
at Bills: 30 of 77 (6 runs, 24 passes)
at Ravens: 41 of 82 (6 runs, 34 passes, 1 fumbled snap)
vs. Cardinals: 47 of 82 (9 runs, 38 passes)
at Titans: 13 of 67 (0 runs, 13 passes)
Starting center Ryan Wendell and Brady had one misfire among the 60 shotgun snaps, with Brady gathering a high snap and quickly throwing the ball away.
On the season, when including penalties, the Patriots have been in the shotgun 48.2 percent of the time (236 of 489).