Grading New England's Positional Units at the First-Quarter Mark

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Grading New England's Positional Units at the First-Quarter Mark
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For a team that generally lives way above the .500 mark and keeps a leash on the rest of the AFC East, it might seem strange for the Patriots to be 2-2 and tied with the Jets and Bills.

Surprisingly, though, it's been a pretty satisfying experience. This is a new-look Patriots team that's already shown flashes of championship football. How many other teams in the NFL have shown flashes of championship football at the first quarter mark?

This 2-2 record means this is a legitimately different team. It means the Patriots are actively trying to build something bigger and better, as opposed to maintaining the status quo of a nearly flawless regular season with a disappointing playoff exit.

This is a great thing. Let's enjoy the ride.   

Here are positional grades for the Patriots at the first quarter mark.

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