The Patriots rotated Billy Yates and Stephen Neal at right guard for the second game in a row. Yates started, with Neal rotating in.
Yates played 29 of the team's 62 offensive snaps against the Rams, with Neal on for the other 33.
Both seemed to do some good things.
Yates, for example, helped pave the way for BenJarvus Green-Ellis's 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and also had a nice seal block on a Kevin Faulk 9-yard run that helped set up that TD. He also had a heady play by tapping the helmet of Victor Adeyanju in the third quarter when Adeyanju jumped across the line of scrimmage, which ensured a neutral zone penalty would be called. On the flip side, Yates was beaten by Clifton Ryan on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter when Green-Ellis was stopped for no gain.
Neal seemed to be a bit more powerful on a consistent basis in pass protection, showed his athleticism by blocking downfield on a Kevin Faulk 15-yard screen pass in the second quarter, and also had a nice backside block on a Faulk 14-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Here was the breakdown (kneel-downs not included):