In the running game, Niles Paul is a better blocker. Witness the Matt Jones touchdown right before halftime. Not saying that Reed may not have made the same block at the point of attack but Paul definitively made the play that enabled the Jones sprint outside.
The other notable difference on offense is at Center. Spencer Long has been playing in place of the injured Kory Lichtensteiger. I'm not someone who watches game film so I can't definitively said Long is an upgrade but here are the facts:
- Long is six years younger (25 vs. 31)
- Long is bigger (6'4" and 315 vs. 6'2" and 292)
- Long has been injury-free (vs. Lichtensteiger's seond consecutive year on IR and a torn ACL that led to IR in 2011)