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Monday, October 31, 2011
Positional groupings: Multiple TEs

By Mike Reiss

PITTSBURGH -- A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots' defense in the team's 25-17 loss to the Steelers:

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 49 of 58
3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 5 of 58
1 WR/3 TE/1 RB -- 3 of 58
3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 1 of 58

(Defensive holding, defensive pass interference, false start, false start and false start penalties included.)

ANALYSIS: When Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are healthy, coaches obviously want them on the field together based on the way the offense is playing. That's why the three-receiver set has been minimized in recent weeks. The Patriots ran a few different groupings out of the 2 WR/2 TE/1 RB package, using a sixth offensive lineman as a tight end on four snaps.