Sink or swim for offensive line

Matt Light said the Patriots spent the week studying film and preparing for a team they're not that familiar with. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

The New England Patriots' offensive line is expecting its biggest challenge yet Sunday against the Cowboys' shifty defense writes Mike Reiss:


When it comes to humor in the New England Patriots' locker room, there are a few places that visitors are sure to find it. Offensive tackle Matt Light is near the top of the list.

So when it was relayed to Light that the Dallas Cowboys plan to bring the "kitchen sink" against quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday, providing a pressure-packed test for the team's offensive line, it was right in his wheelhouse.

"Is this a full-fledged double-sink with a disposal?" he asked. "That's a heck of a sink. I've never caught a sink, but my wife has thrown a plate or two at me."

Light wasn't showing disrespect to the Cowboys, who come to Gillette Stadium with the NFL's top-ranked rush defense (61.6-yard average) and a pass defense ranked fourth (230-yard average). This is just his way; when there's a chance to keep it light, that's Light.

By 4:15 p.m. Sunday, however, Light knows the Patriots' hopes will sink if the big boys up front don't provide enough protection for Brady.

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