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Monday, October 22, 2012
Updating base vs. sub defense stats

By Mike Reiss

As part of monitoring a growing trend in recent years for the Patriots -- the defense playing more in space in sub packages (5 or more defensive backs) -- let's update the numbers after Sunday's win over the Jets:

vs. Jets
Base: 50 of 84
Sub: 32 of 84
Short-yardage: 2 of 84

at Seahawks
Base: 40 of 56 
Sub: 16 of 56
Short-yardage: 0 of 56

vs. Broncos
Sub: 60 of 66
Base: 5 of 66
Short-yardage: 1 of 66

at Bills
Sub: 58 of 71
Base: 13 of 71
Short-yardage: 0 of 71

at Ravens
Base: 37 of 73
Sub: 36 of 73
Short-yardage: 0 of 73

vs. Cardinals
Sub: 30 of 64
Base: 29 of 64
Short-yardage: 5 of 64

at Titans
Sub: 42 of 65
Base: 21 of 65
Short-yardage: 2 of 65

That puts the seven-game total at 57.2 percent in sub packages (274 of 479, including penalties). The last  two weeks, against offenses that rely heavier on the running game, the Patriots have played more base defense.