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Bedard: What you should take from the Patriots’ win over the Texans

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH — Like most opening games in today's NFL, where it can take teams — even these Patriots, who have started 2-2 in three of the previous six seasons — a month to round into form, Week 1 can be a bit of a mixed bag in regards to both execution and sending signals for the season to come.

The Patriots emerged with a 27-20 victory over the Texans on Sunday but, there will be a ton of questions generated from it, like:

  • Can Tom Brady continue to make this collection of misfit toys work?
  • Can Rob Gronkowski sustain his 112-catch pace?
  • Was it the offensive line that largely shut down J.J. Watt and company?
  • Will the pass rush continue to harass other quarterbacks like this?
  • Is the defense going to give up 170 yards rushing every game?

There are many more questions and clues about these 2018 Patriots. We'll have more definitive answers in our comprehensive film review on Tuesday, but for now, we have some thoughts on what transpired on Sunday, and what it might tell us:

Can Tom Brady continue to make this collection of misfit toys work?

The short answer is yes. The longer answer has to do with this being the opening game and what that means to the rest of the league. Talking to an AFC personnel executive this week, he said, "I have no clue how the Patriots are going to move the ball on offense. I know they can and will, but I don't know how they're going to do it, and what Josh (McDaniels) has up his sleeves."

What he meant was,