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Brady & the shotgun tracker

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 Sunday's win over the Dolphins:

Usage of the shotgun

at Dolphins: 35 of 79 (3 runs, 32 passes)

at Jets: 20 of 68 (2 runs, 16 passes, 2 Jets pre-snap penalties)

vs. Colts: 21 of 61 (0 runs, 21 passes)

vs. Bills: 38 of 72 (6 runs, 32 passes)

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 46.6 percent of the time (428 of 918). That is a lower percentage than the norm and reflects, from this view, a commitment to the running game that hasn't been as consistent in the past. It paid off on the final drive against the Dolphins.