New England Patriots Links 1/01/10 - All Hands On Deck In Houston; Starters Will Play, But For How Long?

This is the only kind of laying down Randy Moss and the Patriots want to do against the Texans on Sunday.

Randy Moss laying down on the job.

Jerod Mayo isn't satisfied with his personal stats this season, but gives the Patriots defense some love.

"At the end of the day, our scoring defense is top five," said Mayo, whose unit is tied for third with 16.7 points per game. "People can talk as bad as they want to about this defense, but you take away a couple bad games, and people might be talking about this being a No. 1 defense."

Christopher Price offers his five things to watch for Sunday afternoon against Houston. The O-Line is one of them.

The Patriots offensive line hasn’t allowed a sack over the last four games, and just 16 on the season (15 sacks of Brady and one on backup quarterback Brian Hoyer). And no New England quarterback has been sacked since the fourth quarter of the Nov. 30 loss to New Orleans, a stretch of four consecutive games that includes 240 minutes, 43 seconds of action.

The stats are all the more impressive considering the fact that the Patriots have spent most of the season shuffling its line because of injury. Sebastian Vollmer and Dan Connolly have stepped in several times this season at multiple positions, spelling starters like Matt Light, Dan Koppen and Stephen Neal, while Mark LeVoir has provided excellent depth at the tackle position.

Chances are good that the line will be able to stretch that streak well into Sunday’s game. The Texans’ pass defense is middle of the pack — it allows 216.3 yards per game, 17th in the league. And when it comes to sacking the quarterback, they’re tied for 25th in the league with 28.

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