I guess most of us expected Brady to look a bit rusty, but it was tough to watch in action. And it sure didn’t help that Welker joined in the sloppiness in the first half. Still, I’m not too concerned because the offense really stepped it up in the end, and they moved the ball pretty well between the twenties all day.
Getting Banta-Cain back looks like a pretty good idea now.
So does not shipping Watson out of town.
The offensive line does worry me, especially the left side. Brady added to the problems in the first half, where he lacked his usual pocket presence, but if the Bills can bring this much pressure, we are going to get trouble with some of the really good defenses down the road.
I loved the energy on defense. For years the Patriots were mostly a smart defense, a complex scheme worked by gritty veterans who just did their jobs and made their tackles. Last night there were swings and misses, but the added speed and athleticism was evident. Meriweather just flew all over the place, and the corners actually forced some dropped passes with hard, well-timed hits.
The Bills were a lot better than advertised, and we got lucky in the end, but
1-0 is 1-0 is 1-0.