New England Patriots upset Arizona Cardinals: Likes and dislikes from Week 1

Jimmy Garoppolo (10) New England Patriots - Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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There were two big dislikes from the Patriots’ Week 1 win that need to be pointed out. For starters…

DISLIKE: Fumbles

Garoppolo may not have thrown an interception, but his first half fumble was a major eyesore. More than anything, the fumble was a reminder that Garoppolo has next to no starting experience and will need some time to gain that awareness of his surroundings that all the good starting quarterbacks have.

Good on Garoppolo for shaking off the mistake and maintaining his cool en route to a very impressive overall performance.

DISLIKE: Poor tackling of David Johnson

On David Johnson’s 45-yard scramble, over half of the Patriots’ defense had a chance to bring down the running back but failed to. He was bottled up in the backfield, but poor setting of the edge allowed for the sophomore pro to slip free, and it took a heroic effort on Devin McCourty to save a touchdown.

That wasn’t the only instance of the Patriots lacking in the tackling department last night, making this a big dislike from the victory.

But on the whole, it was a memorable night and a great start to the season.