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Friday, November 26, 2010
Patriots achieve desired balance

By Mike Reiss

The Patriots don't officially have an offensive coordinator, although it's clear that quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien calls the plays. O'Brien is on a hot streak in the Patriots' three-wins-in-12-days stretch as the offense has struck the desired balance.

Here is the breakdown on the balance:

Steelers: 24 runs/43 passes
Colts: 34 runs/25 passes
Lions: 25 runs/27 passes

3-game totals: 83 runs/95 passes

"Any time you can be balanced and hit some runs in there and force them to defend the running game and the passing game, that opened up a few play-action opportunities for us, too," coach Bill Belichick said after the 45-24 win over the Lions. "We had a couple of good shots on play-action."