New England offensive line has tough act to follow

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- There was plenty of uncertainty surrounding the New England Patriots offensive line before the season began.

Familiar faces were gone. Others were injured. Youth was taking over.

After a season-opening win over Tennessee last week, one thing is now certain. The New England line sure can block.

Amid questions and concern, the line spearheaded an explosive rushing attack, paving the way for Stevan Ridley and the rest of the Patriots running backs to rack up 162 yards on 35 carries.

Not to mention quarterback Tom Brady was hit just four times, including one sack.