A positive start for the Patriots

Preseason opener win against Saints showed many pluses for the Pats

Updated: August 13, 2010, 9:23 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For preseason openers, the New England Patriots got off to a promising start Thursday night. Maybe it would be wise to hold off on conceding the AFC East division to the New York Jets just yet.

Whoa. Did those words just come off this keyboard?

Of course that's taking things too far, violating one of the primary journalistic rules when it comes to preseason games: Never read too much into them.

But even a skeptic would have to admit there was plenty ...

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