Two weeks of the NFL season is a tiny sample size, just 12.5 percent of the final product. Moreover, the first two weeks are arguably the worst indicator of future performance, as the limitations imposed on training camps have essentially turned the beginning of the season into an extended preseason.
Of course, that caveat still does not hide the undeniable truth that the New England Patriots are nothing like the team their fans have come to expect. This team will not average 37 points a game this year—they haven't even scored that many in their first two games combined. On the other hand, the days of helplessly watching the opponent shred the secondary on its way to the end zone also appear gone.
Nevertheless, Patriots fans have worked themselves into a frenzy, spurred on by snap reactions from some within the Boston media. With only one game a week, football naturally lends itself to such overreactions. But as Bill Belichick likes to deadpan, the season is a marathon, not a sprint, making such judgments a foolish exercise.
The Patriots are a work in progress, and no one can reasonably argue that the Week 2 version is a serious contender. However, panicked fans have gone a little too far in forming an assessment of a ball club very different than what has come before.
The trends on this list will not immediately change, and a couple of them might even develop into long-term truths. But for now, here are the five biggest overreactions, both positive and negative, from the Patriots season thus far.
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