The New England Patriots offense scored 31 points against the Green Bay Packers

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    on Sunday night , and it did so despite missing three of its core players: running back Sony Michel missed the contest because of a knee injury, tight end Rob Gronkowski was out with ankle and back issues, and right guard Shaq Mason was deactivated after hurting his calf last week.While it remains to be seen how quickly Gronkowski and Mason will return from their respective injuries — with the Patriots’ bye week coming up it would not be a surprise if they were held out until week 11 —, Michel appears to be right on track to play against the Tennessee Titans: according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the first-round draft pick is “likely to return” to the game-day roster on Sunday.Schefter notes that all Michel needs is “a good week of practice with no setbacks.” The rookie, who leads the team with 422 rushing yards and four scores, has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury during week seven’s game against the Chicago Bears. Since then New England Patriots Womens T-Shirt , the Patriots used wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and receiving back James White as their primary options in the ground game.While it would not be a surprise if New England limited Michel’s snap count in case he indeed returns this week, seeing him close to a return is certainly good news for the Patriots. The 23-year old, after all, has become a big part of the Patriots’ offensive attack as the team’s early down back before hurting his knee.[UPDATE 11/11] According to Schefter, Michel is indeed “likely to play” versus the Titans today. The New England Patriots played one of their best games of the season on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and defeated the visitors 31-17. Along the way, the team used all players but one — backup quarterback Brian Hoyer — active on the 46-man game day roster. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the snap count numbers from the meeting:New England was focused on stopping the passGoing against one of the NFL’s best quarterback and a group of explosive weapons New England Patriots Hats , the Patriots used an all too familiar defensive approach: they dared Green Bay to run the football by played a lighter defensive front primarily focused on stopping the pass. As a result, run-first players like Danny Shelton (10 of 74 snaps; 14%), Elandon Roberts (19; 26%) and Lawrence Guy (27; 36%) received less playing time than they usually to. The Packers still opted to focus on the passing game but its impact was limited.The injury replacements saw plenty of actionThree of New England’s offensive starters were out due to injury and the primary players filling their roles had a busy night. Wide receiver turned running back Cordarrelle Patterson was on the field for only 13 snaps (of 71; 18%) but he touched the football on 12 of them. Meanwhile, tight end Dwayne Allen (66; 93%) and right guard Ted Karras (71; 100%) rarely left the field and played big roles in establishing a presence on the ground and in protecting quarterback Tom Brady.Jonathan Jones was used as the fifth defensive backThe Patriots’ top four defensive backs were the same as last week — Devin McCourty (74 of 74; 100%), Patrick Chung (72; 97%), Stephon Gilmore (72; 97%), Jason McCourty (66; 89%) — but the fifth spot was subject to rotation. While safety Duron Harmon was on the field for 32 snaps (43%) New England Patriots Womens Hoodie , nickel cornerback Jonathan Jones actually saw more time as the fifth defensive back and played 46 snaps (62%).The running back group remained unchangedLast week, the Patriots used the aforementioned Patterson and receiving back James White as the top-two options at the running back position. With early-down back Sony Michel still out due to a knee injury, New England used the same approach. Despite hurting his knee in the second quarter, White was on the field for 56 snaps (of 71; 79%). Patterson, as noted above, played 13 snaps from the backfield (of 71; 18%). Meanwhile, Kenjon Barner (3; 4%) again saw most of his action on special teams (5 of 27; 19%).Trey Flowers received a heavy workloadOver the first eight weeks of the season Womens Customized New England Patriots Jerseys , Trey Flowers was on the field for roughly 69% of the Patriots’ defensive snaps when in available (he sat out week three with a concussion). Versus the Packers, however, his workload increased noticeably: the 25-year old was on the field for 72 of 74 snaps. His playing time share of 97% is easily the highest of his season so far and reflects just how valuable he has become. However, it also shows that New England needs to find a way to bring his snap numbers down again to keep him fresh throughout the year.Seven players were on the field for 100% of the snapsA total of seven players did not leave the field once against the Packers yesterday — six of which coming on offense: New England’s starting offensive line and quarterback Tom Brady were on the field for all 71 snaps. On the defensive side of the ball, meanwhile, only safety Devin McCourty played all 74 snaps.

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