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.
Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players: