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.