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FOXBOROUGH — Three games into the season — all victories — the Patriots remain very much a work in progress, especially on offense, with injuries leaving expected contributors sidelined.
Those accustomed to seeing the pass-happy Patriots march up and down the field by way of an aerial display must feel as if they’ve entered Bizarro World, because it’s on the ground, not through the air, where they’ve been better so far, at least statistically.
The Patriots rank 22d in the NFL in passing yardage; they haven’t been that low for a full season since 2001, when Tom Brady became the starter. They’re 12th in rushing.
Through three games, they’ve had three different players take turns leading the team, both in rushing attempts and rushing yardage.