The Patriots did two things really well on Sunday that they didn't do in more than spurts last season: run the ball and defend well.
Mike Felger likes the way the Pats ran the ball, saying that it not only helps the offensive line who is still working on protecting Brady, but it also takes pressure off of Brady.
Andy Gresh notes that it makes the Pats much more complimentary in terms of the pass and the run together.
But is a run game the missing ingredient to a Super Bowl win? Or is it defense? Most likely, it's both.
Numbers 49 and 50 of the Top 100 plays that shaped the Patriots dynasty prompted some pretty whiny reactions from the Pats' beaten foes.
ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue won't hit newsstands until July 8, but Vince Wilfork gave people a not-so-little preview of what to expect this week.
The former Patriots defensive lineman, who is listed at 325 pounds but said he's weighed as much as 350 pounds, sat down for an interview about his size that landed on ESPN.com on Thursday.
"I just think it's a good idea for people that are bigger-boned," Wilfork said when asked why he posed nude for the Body Issue. "If people can look at me, a guy that's 325-plus, doing an issue like this, I'm pretty sure that they might have a little confidence.
"There will be critics, just like with everything else. I think a lot of people will get a laugh out of it, I'll tell you that. I'm looking forward to what the locker room's going to say. But at the end of the day, I'm perfectly fine with who I am as a person and what I have accomplished. It shows a lot of my personality."
You can read the full interview here, as well as watch a video that shows Wilfork in all his modeling glory.