I was watching the game with company and was not listening to Nantz/Simms all that much, so I don't know if they pointed this out. But I did not notice it at the time: Big struggle for Patriots' offense - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston Hmm. Maybe Mankins coming back will be a good thing. I will say that it seemed the Chargers were at times rushing 3 and dropping 8, that the offense was doomed to fail. You can't send 5 guys out against 8 and expect to complete passes if you're QB is still under pressure. Add to that that Rodak noted that coverage was designed to flood the short and intermediate, and that they disregarded the over-the-top stuff. Maybe I was premature in my assumption we wouldn't miss Moss' deep threat that much.... Either way, that was a pathetic performance by our OL in the first half. The WRs had no chance of getting open against that coverage in that amount of time. Back to Connolly specifically, I didn't notice him getting burnt, I thought Light was the culprit. But Mankins certainly raised his price and maybe he does come in and start right away. Perhaps Deus was right that Connolly has been masked by help all year.