10 reasons why the Patriots are undefeated

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5. Trio of outstanding rookie offensive linemen

When the Patriots began the season with undrafted rookie David Andrews at center and fourth-rounders Shaq Mason and Tre’ Jackson at guard, fans were understandably worried. Was Brady about to get plastered on the turf every other snap? Was the run game going to have a chance? Those concerns have been put to rest thanks to the outstanding play out of these recent collegiate students.

Georgia product Andrews has played every offensive snap for the concussed Stork, and there hasn’t been any let-off whatsoever. With Stork back in the lineup, the Patriots have the unusual luxury of having multiple starting-caliber centers.

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To say Mason has been an excellent run blocker has been an understatement. On screen passes, you will see Mason kicking out in front of the ball carrier and leading the convoy with his impressive speed.

Jackson is ascending up the ranks of the NFL’s best young guards. Like Stork, he was a member of the 2013 Florida State team that won the national championship, and that winning experience is evident in the way Jackson plays. He had a knee injury scare against the Dolphins, but it looks like his season was saved by a knee brace; his status is day-to-day right now.

Now, let’s talk about the other side of the ball.

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