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Left tackle Matt Light is the lone New England Patriots offensive lineman to start all six games this season at the same position. That dubious streak will continue Sunday when the Pats travel to Miami for a crucial AFC East matchup, a game in which Light will be involved in one of the marquee one-on-one battles, lining up against Dolphins right defensive end Jason Taylor. The two have waged some interesting wars over the past two seasons but, at Pro Player Stadium last Oct. 6, Taylor dominated the Pats' weakside pass protector. Taylor set the tone with two sacks on the opening series of the contest, once on a nasty bull-rush, the other time streaking off the edge to strip Tom Brady of the ball. While he has just one sack this season, Taylor seems to be warming up for the Sunday encounter, as he had six tackles, one sack and a forced fumble in last weekend's victory at Jacksonville. Light, meanwhile, has had a steady season to this point, both in pass protection and the running game.
Through six games, the Oakland Raiders have been penalized 67 times for 560 yards, both league highs. Oakland is on pace for 179 penalties and 1,493 penalty yards, which would obliterate the current NFL record of 158 penalties and 1,304 yards, established by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998. Here is a list of the Raiders' infractions:
Penalty -- No. -- Yards
False start -- 17 -- 85
Offensive holding -- 11 -- 111
Encroachment/offsides -- 9 -- 45
Defensive/special teams holding --6--45
Defensive pass interference -- 5 -- 89
Illegal block -- 5 -- 59
Personal foul -- 5 -- 68
Intentional grounding -- 3 -- 29
Offensive pass interference -- 1 -- 7
Others -- 5 -- 22
Stat of the Week
The Green Bay receivers have been a bit inconsistent in terms of production this year, but at least the group seems to be over the "dropsies" that plagued it in 2002. The Packers have just five dropped passes in six games, on pace for just 13 drops for the season. In 2002, the team had 48 drops.
Stat of the Weak
In five games, the Philadelphia wide receiver corps -- James Thrash, Todd Pinkston, Freddie Mitchell and Billy McMullen -- has an aggregate 41 catches for 461 yards and zero touchdowns. Last season, through five contests, the Eagles wideouts had notched 60 catches for 799 yards and eight scores. The only two touchdown passes by Donovan McNabb have been to running backs, one each to Duce Staley and Jon Ritchie. There are three individual wide receivers in the NFL who have as many catches as the Philadelphia contingent, and seven who have more yards.
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