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Already the Globe has covered the Patriots’ sloppy offensive performance in Thursday’s 40-9 preseason loss to the Lions, and how the starting defense really wasn’t that bad given how many times they were put in bad field position.
Now let’s take a look at some leftover thoughts after rewatching the game and studying the statistics:
Mallett not showing much
This was a fairly crucial preseason for third-year quarterback Ryan Mallett, and not to be too harsh, but let’s just say he’s done little to prove to the other 31 NFL general managers that he’s worth trading a draft pick for and capable of being a good starter.
Offensive line struggles
The fumbles shouldn’t concern you — that happens from time to time. But the offensive line struggles should.