Updating base vs. sub defense stats

October, 29, 2012
10/29/12
4:30
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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 Rams:

at Rams
Base: 39 of 63
Sub: 24 of 63
Short-yardage: 0 of 63

vs. Jets
Base: 50 of 84
Sub: 32 of 84
Short-yardage: 2 of 84

at Seahawks
Base: 40 of 56
Sub: 16 of 56
Short-yardage: 0 of 56

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 seven-game total at 54.9 percent in sub packages (298 of 542, including penalties). These numbers are actually lower than anticipated at the halfway point. In 2011, the Patriots were in sub more than 60 percent of the time, but the last three games have trended toward the Patriots playing more base. On Sunday against the Rams, the Patriots were in base for 22 of 29 first-half snaps as they created early separation.

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