The New England Patriots had taken a measured approach to their first two preseason games, choosing to focus on joint practice with the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles more than the games themselves. There was nothing measured about the beating that they delivered to the Carolina Panthers Friday night.
The offense accelerated as the night progressed, and the defense was relentless until the waning moments of the contest. New England looked ready for Week 1 to start tomorrow.
After three weeks of preseason games—only the often snore-inducing fourth game remains—here is what we've learned about Bill Belichick's team.