Tom Brady, new-look offense shine, help Patriots earn 31-22 win over Eagles

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PHILADELPHIA – August is a time of overreaction in the NFL, when one preseason game is used to try and predict the fortunes of a team and the roster status of its players.

So to people looking to overreact based on the Patriots’ first two offensive series against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night, the only two series Tom Brady played at quarterback, the new-look unit is in mid-season form.

As in, mid-season 2012, when it was rolling to 45-, 59- and 49-point games against St. Louis, Indianapolis, and the Jets.

Brady kick-started New England to a 31-22 win over Philadelphia, a game that saw more Tim Tebow at quarterback than planned, after Ryan Mallett appeared to suffer a concussion in the first half.

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