Like everyone else, I watched today's game with alot of excitment and anticipation. We all love football and our Patriots and it's a long wait for the regular season to begin again after losing that playoff game in Denver last year! We've suffered through losing Adam Vinatieri and Willie McGinest and David Givens, and been exasperated with the never-ending, depressing Deion Branch isn't paid enough so he's gonna hold his breath saga... we've also had the excitment of drafting Laurence Maroney and Chad Jackson and the recent acquisitions of Doug GAbriel and Junior Seau, not to mention the unbelievable return of Rodney HArrison! So we were ready for today and given the way the bills played last year, we were hoping for a pretty decisive victory. The the game started, and to our astonishment, bam! - spikes slams brady and he fumbles and the bills score - and just like that the wind is let out of our balloon and we all become concerned. we're all saying to ourselves 'ok, that was just one play, it was a bad mistake, but we'll just bounce back now and start putting them away'. and then, we began to become really concerned because the bills were playing really well - playing hard-hitting aggressive defense and running the ball extremely well. even Losman was playing much better - with more poise and making better decisions. it was scary - we didn't want to lose at home to the 'lowly' bills and start off 0-1. but the pats scratched back and hung tough. they made half time adjustments. they started to slow down the bills rushing attack and get better coverage and pressure. their running game kept them in the game and they finally tied things up and then got the safety. they played their usual chess match at the end and avoided critical mistakes and secured the 'w'. we could all take a big breath. we dodged one. I think we all need to keep things in perspective here. that was a gritty, determined win by the pats under very very difficult circumstances. they were without gabriel and jackson, who will wind up being their top two receivers this year most likely. and don't forget, they were missing tedy as well. they didn't panic. they played smart. MAroney and dillon looked terrific. the ghost started his kicking career very nicely. the adjutments were made nicely at halftime. and remember - this is the first game - many teams struggled today including the broncos, the seahwks, the chiefs, the dolphins(mon.), the panthers, etc. etc. Look, teams get better week by week - this is a marathin - not a sprint. as much as we'd all like, teams don't play tremendous every single week. teams usually start out with some things to work on and improve and try to get better as the season progresses. the teams that do usually are the playoff teams. I really believe in BB's ability to keep his team's improving all the time. I think gabriel and jackson will come in and really boost the offense. I think we should all be very happy and grateful we won and played so well when we needed to under alot of pressure. I think there's every reason to remain sky-high with hopefulness on this team's chances long term this year. just my take.