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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Patriots stayed home at base

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots stayed in their base defense for the majority of last Sunday's 28-18 win over the Vikings, keeping heavier personnel on the field even when the Vikings brought a third receiver into the game.

Here is the complete-game breakdown (including penalties):

Base: 44 of 73
Sub: 26 of 73
Short-yardage: 3 of 73

This came one week after the Patriots were in their sub packages for the majority of the snaps against the Chargers.

Here is the Patriots' breakdown this season (including penalties):

Sub defense: 253 of 493 (51.3 percent)
Base defense: 229 of 493 (46.4 percent)
Short yardage: 11 of 493 (1.2 percent)