It took a Tom Brady-led game-winning drive -- the 36th of the quarterback's illustrious career -- but the Patriots came out of a tough Buffalo environment victorious in the season-opener.
As the old adage goes, "a win is a win," yet the Patriots could take note of ways to improve. Brady certainly did.
"I felt like that's what we were capable of doing and we had gotten the ball down in the red area three times and didn't get any points out of it," Brady said. "So it wasn't really as much moving the ball as not being consistent enough to score points."
Sunday's effort was, to say the least, not flawless. Stevan Ridley lost a fumble (a gaffe that led to his benching), Brady dropped the ball on a crucial 4th-and-goal stop and the Patriots overall fell victim to three turnovers in the contest.
The offense did come up big though when the situation absolutely called for it, a fact Danny Amendola, who snagged 10 balls for 104 yards in his Patriots debut, pointed out after the contest.
"We made a lot of good plays out there on offense," Amendola said. "We moved the ball well but every game in this league is close and it is going to come down to making plays there at the end. I felt like we fought hard and got the job done."
The game may not have seemed so peachy for Ridley, who cannot be sitting by too calmly as ball security issues afforded Shane Vereen the opportunity to take his place and put together 159 yards on a total of 21 touches.
These fumbling concerns are nothing new for Ridley and could sentence him to an extended sentence on the sideline if they continue to fester.
Asked about his opening day performance, Ridley was disappointed in his effort but is not fretting the future.
"Things can change day-to-day, I came in, had two turnovers, I can't blame anybody but myself," Ridley said. "Like I said just man up and come back to work."