TomBrady's succinct postgame press conference was one indication.
The last nine drives, where eight ended with a punt or an interception, were another.
No, the Patriots Offensive Mystery Tour of 2019 did not hit on all cylinders against the Jets on Monday night despite the 33-0 final score.
There were still way too many runs that went for 1-yard or less outside of short-yardage (15). Brady was still clocked too many times behind a leaky offensive line (six — no sacks) even though the pressure he was under appeared worse than it actually was (12 pressures in 45 dropbacks equals the medium pressure percentage of 26.7 percent).
So, yes, much work is needed to be done.
But there were enough signs against the Jets to show you that some progress, with the 11-day layoff, had been made, and that there is some hope with this unit, even though it would help immensely if they received reinforcements with N'KealHarry, IsaiahWynn and, perhaps, a speed element to add to the mix at the trade deadline.
But, for now, the Patriots have what they have. It is enough for them to accomplish their goal this season of another Lombardi Trophy, if this group can start to stack success and continue on an upward trajectory.