- Aug 18, 2005
And 10. San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots | Scouting report
The Patriots beat the Steelers, but what a price they paid. Injuries cost them four players: left tackle Matt Light, strong safety Rodney Harrison, halfback Kevin Faulk and defensive end Marquise Hill. All four losses leave them vulnerable against the Chargers, who are coming off a rejuvenating win over the Giants. Losing Harrison makes the Patriots weaker against the run. Guss Scott fills in for Harrison, but he doesn't bring the hard-hitting impact and run-stopping ability of Harrison. Losing Light leaves the left side of the line with two rookies -- tackle Nick Kaczur and Logan Mankins. Faulk was the third-down back and that leaves a big gap in the offense. Losing Hill might not be a big deal now, but the Patriots have only six defensive linemen on the roster if you include Dan Klecko and undrafted rookie Mike Wright. That's not good when you consider the Patriots are running a 4-3 more than the 3-4. The biggest test for the Patriots' defense is how well it can do against Chargers halfback LaDainian Tomlinson. L.T. has the ability to put up 200 yards rushing, and he's done it on the Patriots. Obviously, the Patriots are still a good defense, but they have to be careful. Tomlinson could expose problems in the best of defenses.