The wind evidently wasn't the only thing blasting in Gillette Stadium. 1. Seymour is back. 2. Wilson is back. 3. The running game is back. 4. Adalius Thomas finally arrived. 5. The "don't break" part of the defense is SOLIDLY back, and there wasn't even a whole lot of bending going on. 6. Crowd noise hasn't arrived YET. Perhaps it's still lost in traffic? 7. Brady hasn't remembered yet how to play in bad weather. 8. The run/dink/dunk -- that's going back years for the Pats. But it worked just well enough. 9. One difference from recent years -- in an otherwise weak performance, Brady only gave up one INT. 10. 8 & 9 = Brady was a game manager again. 11. I guess a small amount of speed does matter. The defense didn't seem to miss tackles because of poor fundamentals; they seemed to miss tackles because they were just a teensie bit late in making an otherwise excellent play. 12. Seau is a terror on the blitz. That's probably the only thing special about his game at this point -- but it's pretty impressive. 13. I'm a lot more relieved about all the ways the Pats improved than I am concerned about the ways they played badly. 14. Mangini seem to have Brady's number. But I don't expect that to last nearly as long as, say, BB had Manning's number. 15. That would have been a lousy time for Hank Poteat to have his first(?) career interception.