Bedard’s Breakdown: Patriots offense as expected, but defensive replacements answer bell

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(Adam Richins for BSJ)

It may have been Cam Newton's first game as Patriots quarterback on Sunday, but what we got on the field was to be expected, especially if you've read BSJ the past few months.

The offense was going to run through the strength of the team: the offensive line. Sure, it might not look as good next week against the Seahawks, but for one game, the line was outstanding in every respect.

They were going to be physical and play bully ball — the Patriots pulled a blocker a ton in this game, at least 20 times. That allows the blocker a running head start to block downhill on a defender.

The Patriots were going to use Newton and/or