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Monday, September 26, 2011
Positional groupings: 3-receiver attack

By Mike Reiss

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Patriots entered Sunday's game having run 83 percent of their offensive snaps with two or more tight ends on the field, but that plan was altered Sunday because they only had one tight end (Rob Gronkowski).

A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots (as charted in the press box, small margin for error):

3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 58 of 75
4 WR/1 TE -- 12 of 75
1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 4 of 75
4 WR/1 RB -- 1 of 75

ANALYSIS: This looked more like the team's 2007 offense, featuring the three-receiver package. The Patriots used some different looks within it personnel wise, sometimes calling on Julian Edelman instead of Chad Ochocinco. ... The 4 WR/1 TE package produced some good results -- a 21-yard catch by Rob Gronkowski, followed by Gronkowski's 26-yard touchdown. ... The 1 WR/2 TE/1 FB/1 RB package was used close to the goal-line, with offensive lineman Donald Thomas coming into the game, tackle Matt Light reporting as eligible, then linebacker Dane Fletcher coming in as the lead fullback.