A look at the sacks/hits that quarterback Tom Brady has absorbed this season (QB hits charted by in-game statisticians):
at Dolphins: 1 sack/2 quarterback hits
vs. Chargers: 2 sacks/5 quarterback hits
at Bills: 0 sacks/4 quarterback hits
at Raiders: 1 sack/4 quarterback hits
vs. Jets: 4 sacks/5 quarterback hits
vs. Cowboys: 3 sacks/8 quarterback hits
at Steelers: 3 sacks/4 quarterback hits
vs. Giants: 2 sacks/3 quarterback hits
at Jets: 0 sacks/1 quarterback hit
vs. Chiefs: 3 sacks/6 quarterback hits
at Eagles: 1 sack/2 quarterback hits
The Patriots rank 8th in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass play (20 in 441). Brady has absorbed 44 quarterback hits this season, an average of four per game.
With Colts ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis coming to town, protection on the edges figures to be a top storyline. Starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer injured his right foot/ankle Sunday in Philadelphia, and has since been wearing a walking boot, which could put rookie Nate Solder into the starting lineup.