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Column: A lot to like with Pats so far

Two games into the preseason, there is a lot to like when it comes to the Patriots. This is the topic of a column now posted on ESPNBoston.com.

They are loaded, balanced, and, no surprise here, they're coached extremely well. The latest example of this trifecta came Thursday night when they jammed their foot on the accelerator from the opening kickoff and zipped past the overmatched Buccaneers -- a 10-win team last season -- in a convincing 31-14 win at Raymond James Stadium.

The Patriots led 21-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at the half. That was the important part of the game, when both teams had their top players on the field, and New England looked like a well-oiled machine in all facets. So much for the lockout affecting the quality of football.

It's been two weeks now and the preseason scoreboard reads: Patriots 78, Opponents 26. Anyone unhappy about that drives a harder bargain than Bill Belichick.