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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Updating base vs. sub defensive 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 Monday's win over the Texans:

vs. Texans
Base:
47 of 70
Sub: 20 of 70
Short-yardage: 3 of 70

at Dolphins
Sub: 36 of 63
Base: 27 of 63
Short-yardage: 0 of 63

at Jets
Sub:
49 of 72
Base: 22 of 72
Short-yardage: 1 of 72

vs. Colts
Sub: 54 of 78
Base: 22 of 78
Short-yardage: 2 of 78

vs. Bills
Sub: 62 of 81
Base: 17 of 81
Short-yardage: 2 of 81

at Rams
Base: 39 of 63
Sub: 24 of 63
Short-yardage: 0 of 63

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

ANALYSIS: This puts the 13-game total at 56.7 percent in sub packages (519 of 915, including penalties). The Texans' game featured more base defense than the norm, which was the preferred matchup against the two-TE grouping the Texans favored. That approach explains how rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower played a season-high 61 snaps, as he most often comes off the field in sub packages.