While the regular names provided their normal sparks, it was the Patriots' unsung guys who made the biggest impact in Sunday's 38-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
The Pats' first three picks from the 2012 NFL Draft — Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower and Tavon Wilson — each made impressive debuts against the Titans. And second-year running back Stevan Ridley made his presence felt as well, cementing himself as the No. 1 back for the forseeable future.
Wilson, with a helpful tip from Kyle Arrington, picked off a Jake Locker pass on the second play of the second quarter for his first career interception. Later that quarter, Jones forced a Locker fumble, which Arrington scooped up and took into the end zone for a touchdown.
Don't forget the performance of Ridley, either. Coming off his first full preseason, the former LSU Tiger rushed for a 125 yards on 21 carries, including a one-yard TD run that iced the game late in the third quarter.
Watch as Dale Arnold, Kevin Faulk and Matt Chatham discuss the solid performances on NESN Daily.