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Monday, December 12, 2011
Defensive snaps: Lot of work for Wilfork

By Mike Reiss

LANDOVER, Md. – A look at snaps played by Patriots defenders in Sunday’s 34-27 win over the Redskins, while analyzing what it might mean (as charted in press box, small margin for error):

CB Kyle Arrington – 75 of 75
LB Jerod Mayo – 75 of 75
CB Devin McCourty – 75 of 75
LB/DE Rob Ninkovich – 75 of 75
DL Vince Wilfork – 74 of 75
S James Ihedigbo – 72 of 75
DE Andre Carter – 68 of 75
S Nate Jones – 66 of 75
LB Dane Fletcher – 49 of 75
DL Kyle Love – 49 of 75
DE/OLB Mark Anderson – 29 of 75
S Matthew Slater – 28 of 75
DE Brandon Deaderick – 27 of 75
LB Tracy White – 26 of 75
CB Julian Edelman – 19 of 75
DE Shaun Ellis -- 12 of 75
DL Ron Brace – 6 of 75

(False start, offensive holding, defensive pass interference, roughing-the-passer, offensive holding and offensive pass interference penalties included)

ANALYSIS: The Patriots are averaging 72 defensive snaps per game, which is high. This was the third highest total of the season, behind Pittsburgh (80) and Miami (76). … The lone play in which Vince Wilfork wasn’t charted on the field was the razzle-dazzle 49-yard touchdown catch at the start of the second quarter. …  DE Mark Anderson played 20 snaps in the first half, at times standing up in an OLB-type role. The Patriots went away from it in the second half, favoring more of a traditional 4-3 look with Brandon Deaderick getting 20 of his 27 snaps in the final 30 minutes. That could have been an adjustment aimed at better results with the run defense. … The Patriots matched up in this game, which created a lot of substituting on a play-to-play basis. They used base 4-3, nickel and dime packages. … LB Dane Fletcher and DL Kyle Love came off in sub situations. … For the first time in weeks, veteran DE Shaun Ellis was part of the rotation in the base 4-3. … The short-yardage package had another successful effort at the goal-line. DLs Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Ron Brace, Shaun Ellis and Andre Carter joined LBs Rob Ninkovich, Jerod Mayo and Dane Fletcher, along with DBs Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington and James Ihedigbo in that package on Sunday. ... CB Julian Edelman played as both the fifth and sixth defensive back, depending on the drive. ... No defensive snaps for CB Antwaun Molden or LB Gary Guyton.