A look at the snaps played by offensive skill-position players in the Patriots’ 41-7 win over the Broncos:
(snaps include one defensive facemask penalty that technically is not a play; snaps do not include the final three kneel-downs by Matt Cassel)
ANALYSIS: This game seemed to be a solid example of how tight ends can have a major impact without flashing on the stat sheet. Benjamin Watson (3 catches, 40 yards) and David Thomas (0 catches) were excellent in the run-blocking game, and their high snap counts reflect how the Patriots went with more double-tight end packages as the running game built momentum. ... The same can be said for FB Heath Evans (1 catch), whose lead blocking contributed to the running game’s success. Most of the time Evans was in the game, the Patriots were in the two-back set. … WR Wes Welker continues to see more action in two-receiver sets over Jabar Gaffney. … RB Sammy Morris didn’t play in the second half, so he ended up being on for 24 of the team’s 33 first-half snaps. … All of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s snaps came in the second half.