Grading Patriots' Positional Units at the First Quarter Mark

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Grading Patriots' Positional Units at the First Quarter Mark
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The New England Patriots are 4-0, but it's been a far-from-dominating first quarter to their 2013 season. For a team known as an offensive powerhouse and defensive poorhouse in recent seasons, this year has turned that old notion on top of its head.

While things have often looked inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball due to injuries and rookie receivers, the defense has suddenly emerged into what looks like a throwback to the days of last decade's dynasty defense that won three Super Bowls and came within two minutes of a perfect season.

Yes, the Pats are 4-0 for the first time since 2007, but there is plenty to improve on and a major injury to Vince Wilfork to overcome.

Let's hand out the grades to the Pats' positional units.


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