Patriots coach Bill Belichick explained how that ratio unfolds during a conference call today.
"We go into each game and that may change a bit based on how the game's going situationally and what the matchups are and what's working and what isn't," Belichick said. "I think when you look around the league, there were maybe two teams in the league, maybe one, I don't know how many, threw the ball less than they ran it. So every team was over 50 percent passing. Some teams were around 70 percent if I remember. The Bears, teams like that. That was last year.
"But, you know, that was kind of a general trend in the league. A lot of plays are based upon run, pass, checks in the league. Teams get into more coverage-type positions and that invites the run and vice versa. It's really hard to go and do this this many times or do that this many times. Each game is different and as you get into the game it just depends on how the game's unfolding, the score and the situation, but also how the matchups are working with the personnel you're facing and what type of defenses or coverages or pressures, how you want to attack those.
Belichick referenced games in the past in which the weather conditions dictacted a more run-based approach. He used past Bills games as examples, but he could have also referenced every Colts game since the 2013 season in which the Pats ran the ball more than they threw it to great success. It depends on the situation.
"It's kind of a long answer to a short question, but the bottom line is that if it works out that we're balanced, then it's great. And if it works out that we're favoring more of one than another, that's fine too."
You never know what you're going to get form the Pats. The fantasy negative to Julian Edelman was he didn't score TDs and he had two in Week 2. Dion Lewis wasn't put in the doghouse after a fumble and had more work than LeGarrette Blount. The Pats will continue to be one of more unpredictable offenses outside of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.