- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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It didn't matter if quarterback Tom Brady was under center or in the shotgun in Sunday's win over the Rams. He still received great protection, and was on the mark.
The mix between being under center and in the shotgun helped the Patriots' offense strike the desired balance.
Continuing to monitor the trend of Brady and the shotgun snap -- which has been utilized less this season than past years -- let's update the numbers after last Sunday's win over the Rams:
Usage of the shotgun
at Rams: 36 of 69 (4 runs, 32 passes)
vs. Jets: 42 of 80 (6 runs, 36 passes)
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)
On the season, when including penalties, the Patriots have been in the shotgun 49.2 percent of the time (314 of 638).
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