Found September 09, 2012 on Football Nation:
It has been 216 days since we last saw NFL action, and from everything we have seen so far over the opening weekend of the NFL season, it has been worth the wait. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots opened the season in Tennessee against the Titans, who were giving Jake Locker his first career NFL start.New England is coming off a Superbowl loss and looking to take their first steps toward a return to the big game. The Tennessee Titans begin the season looking to build on their 9-7 finish that saw them finish just outside the playoffs last year. In the end, New England won handily, 34-13, and here are five things that we learned during the game:Its not all about the pass in New EnglandComing in to 2012, Stevan Ridley took over full-time rushing duties from BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who departed the team via free agency in the offseason. New England spent both their second and third-round draft picks last season on the running back position, selecting Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen t...
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