New England Patriots defeat Philadelphia Eagles, 31-10

The list of things the Patriots needed to accomplish in their second game was long.

The most important, however, were 1) Getting their house in order, and 2) Winning, to eliminate the tidal wave of negativity that had followed a 31-0 opening-day loss to the Buffalo Bills.

The Patriots got thumbs up on both yesterday at Lincoln Financial Field. They left the sour taste of the Lawyer Milloy fiasco where it belonged -- in the past. They put aside all of the nastiness surro...