Patriots

After three games, five thoughts on the 2017 Patriots

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In the interest of avoiding knee-jerk reactions, I’ve waited on making any sort of broad-brush declarations about the 2017 Patriots. But through three games and a 2-1 record, there are some things that are starting to come into sharper focus. With that in mind -- and reminding yourself that it's a long season -- here are five thoughts in no particular order about the state of the team as we near the end of September.