2) Second-Year Offensive Tackles
With left tackle Matt Light retired and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer on the PUP list, the Patriots had a pair of second-year offensive tackles starting tonight. OT Nate Solder will play LT this year, while Marcus Cannon will be battling for playing time when Vollmer returns. Both players had their struggles in this game. Solder got beaten to the inside by DE Will Smith on back-to-back plays, the first of which led to a holding penalty. He picked up another holding penalty later in the quarter before surrendering a hurry to DE Martez Wilson. On the other side, Cannon had his hands full with DE Junior Galette, and one of his surrendered hurries led to quarterback Tom Brady getting sandwiched by two Saints for a fumble. Throw in a false start for good measure and it was a long day for the young tackles. If the Patriots want to take more shots down the field, the offensive line has to do a much better job in pass protection.
7-6 would indicate a defensive game. Neither team is all that Stout defensively. So I guess neither team is firing on all cylinders Offensively?