The offensive line has been a touchy subject since training camp began -- and for good reason.
They didn't perform well in preseason, and there was a lot doubt heading into Week 1 on whether they could protect Tom Brady.
Well, when the dust settled, Brady was only sacked once, and the line held strong for most of the game.
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and CSNNE's Mike Giardi discuss the line's day and Brandon Lloyd's first game with the Pats.
Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players: