The New England Patriots answered many of their questions and shut up a lot of their pundits during an emphatic opening week victory. A few stragglers remain, however.
Few teams' fans likely feel better than the Patriots' do heading into the second week. New England looked dynamic in a 34-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. They ran the ball, threw the ball and made Titans running back Chris Johnson feel like he was running in a phone booth. A phone booth that is quickly collapsing in on both sides.
But Week 1 isn't a time to brush one's hands, call a team a juggernaut, denounce the competition and make championship reservations. It can be in college, but not in the pro game. The season's too long and the opponents are too good.
In the NFL, teams evolve. Weaknesses get corrected and become strengths. Strengths suddenly spring leaks and become weaknesses, and must in turn get fixed. Teams have questions, every week.
The Patriots are no exception.
It's hard to start a season better than it did, but New England has work to do. It still has questions to answer and areas to prove. Some are doubts and concerns that have just popped up, and some are the same questions that have been there since the start of training camp.