The immediate reaction to the Patriots Sunday night win in Arizona was a mix of amazement and awe.
Now, with a day-plus of analysis to work with the reactions have turned the page to projections for the rest of the season.
Jimmy Garoppolo was so impressive leading New England to the upset with over the Cardinals that some now think the third-year fill-in quarterback can't lose.
Boston Globe columnist Chris Gasper says there is no reason the Patriots can’t go 4-0 in the month of games with Garoppolo at the helm of good-ship Belichick. The Globe also breaks down how New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels helped orchestrate the victory on opening night. The Globe's Patriots notebook notes the impressive work of New England's makeshift offensive line in the win, success overseen by legendary line coach Dante Scarnecchia in his first game back.
The Globe also looks at how Tom Brady, who did his usual Westwood One interview on Monday night, spent his Sunday watching football.
The Boston Herald has its first Patriots Report Card of the season, with high marks for most. The Herald also says that the Patriots can quiet critics with a 4-0 start to the season without Brady. The *Herald *writes that the bond between McDaniels and Garoppolo is off to a nice start.
ESPN declares that it's pretty clear New England didn’t dumb down the offense for Garoppolo in the win.
ESPNBoston.com begins to turn the page to Week 2, with a look at new Dolphins head coach Adam Gase. The site has Brady saying that Sunday night was a great game to watch, also congratulating his backup. Apparently the loss to New England has left the Cardinals “embarrassed.”
WEEI.com looks at the blue “color rush” Patriots jerseys unveiled by the NFL on Tuesday. WEEI.com writes that even without Brady New England is already in control of the AFC East. The site also offers up a breakdown of the upset in Arizona.
CSNNE.com has Garoppolo admitting that his first win had a lot of “emotions rolling.” The site also notes Belichick highlighting New England’s final kickoff of the night as a key to the victory in Arizona.
The Patriots win jumped the team up four spots to No. 1 overall in NFL.com’s Power Rankings.
New England has the No. 2 slot in ESPN’s Power Rankings.
The L.A. Times says Garoppolo showed “uncommon poise” in his first NFL start.