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Monday, December 5, 2011
Positional groupings: TEs dominate

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A look at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 31-24 win over the Colts, highlighting the continued usage of multiple tight end sets:

2 WR/2 TE/1 RB -- 43 of 64
3 WR/1 TE/1 RB -- 8 of 64
1 WR/2 TE/2 RB -- 6 of 64*
3 WR/2 TE -- 4 of 64
3 TE/1 FB/1 RB -- 2 of 64
3 TE/2 RB -- 1 of 64*

(Includes illegal substitution penalty and offensive holding penalties.)

* Plays in which 2 RBs are listed count Stevan Ridley and BenJarvus Green-Ellis as RBs instead of one of them being a FB. When offensive lineman Donald Thomas was on as a lead blocker in the offensive backfield, that is reflected with the "FB" designation.