Beating Arizona in their stadium is no ordinary win as it is, so given that they did it without those two its really quite something. So how did they pull it off?
1. The Patriots defense did their job
The slogan, "do your job" that has followed Patriots teams over years was on full display last night in the desert. The Cardinals were given two short fields after a pair of New England fumbles, putting the Patriots defense in a tough spot. Both turnovers led to Cardinal touchdowns, one of which being just a 33 yard drive, so you cant put that on them. Patricia's defense gave Palmer and crew plenty of problems all night, holding the Arizona offense who averaged just over 408 yards per game last season to just 344 on sunday night.
The Cardinals love to stretch the field, but it was clear New England's priority was to keep everything in front of them, and not allow Arizona to get into any rhythm, which, for the most part, they were able to do successfully the majority of the evening.
2. Jimmy Garopollo is no joke
While it's too early to induct him into Canton, one thing is clear and thats that Jimmy Garopollo played far better than most expected him to last night. He knows that he's not Tom Brady, and that it wasn't his job to win the game. He just went out their and played his game, and it was awesome.
So in what was a fantastic start to the 2016 season, one win doesn't earn you much in this league, so we're #OnToMiami.