New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

Two Weeks In: What We’ve Learned About the 2011 Patriots

Tom Brady greets his teammates

* So far the increasing amount of injuries don’t seem to have bothered the Patriots. From center Dan Koppen to now TE Aaron Hernandez, the team seems to have been gaining depth enough to put up with guys going down, and it looks like that will pay off as early as this week against the Bills.

* The focus through two weeks has been intense, and it’s paid off with some big plays. It starts and ends with Tom Brady, and also the team has had a great attention to detail. It starts with the leaders on the team, as well as the coaches, and while it’s early, the team seems to have more focus on the basic things this season so far.

* The defense Sunday vs the Chargers had that old “bend but don’t break” mindset, allowing 470 total yards while forcing four turnovers — three deep within New England territory. The defense allowing that many yards is about the only thing you could point to when it comes to worrying about something. Sunday it was a crack in New England’s armor, and it needs to be worked on.

* Brady has become the master at getting a lo t of people involved in the offense, and it’s something he thinks will pay off later in the year. “Offensive football is totally complementary and as a quarterback, you’re only as able to be as good as every guy around you — from the offensive line protecting you like they did yesterday to the running backs running, to the receivers and tight ends getting in the right position to catch the ball and making a great catch,” Brady said. “All the credit is spread to every single guy on offense. That’s where it goes, that’s where it belongs, and that’s where it will be around here.”

* Sunday’s game against the Bills is going to be interesting, as Buffalo is playing on high emotion after two big wins and a huge comeback against the Raiders last Sunday 38-35. Usually these are the types of games that the Pats and Brady thrive in, and they can’t let themselves get caught up in the emotion of playing in a tough stadium against a young team that thinks they can hang with the NFL’s best.


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