New England Patriots: FIve Reasons They Are Underperforming

Posted: 24th September 2009 by Erik Frenz in NFL
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The New England Patriots have gotten off to a rough start, barely eeking out a win against Buffalo in Week One and then scoring only nine points and failing to take advantage of a rookie quarterback in a loss at the Jets. Here are five reasons for the rough start.   1. The offensive line (namely, the offensive tackles) At the hands of two of their division rivals, the Patriots' offensive line has been manhandled for two straight games. Speed edge rushers give offensive tackles Matt Light and Nick Kaczur fits. You'd think they would have learned their lesson in the Super Bowl? What about last season, when Matt Cassel was sacked a ridiculous 42 times? The Patriots have continually failed to pick up offensive linemen in the draft in any round that matters, and they feature the same group ...

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