Patriots’ offense shifts into overdrive against Colts

Tom E. Curran looks at some Hard Truths of the Patriots’ 38-24 win over Indianapolis.

FOXBORO — All fixed! Or mostly.

Tom Brady had Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski on the field together for the first time since midway through the 2016 season and, right away, it showed.

Route combinations and a fast-break offense on the Patriots’ first drive put Brady in his comfort zone as he went 9-for-9 for 78 yards, hitting five different receivers.

Edelman wasn’t eased back in. He was dunked. He caught two passes on the first drive, returned punts and caught three of the four passes sent his way. The one he didn’t haul in was on a wheel route and it was a flat-out drop. That’s something we talked about this week and something that irritated Edelman during training camp — drops. That aspect may take some time to return.

BEFORE THE GAME, WE SAID . . . 

Edelman finished with seven catches for 57 yards. The Cover-2 that Indy played most of the night didn’t let him get untracked the way he hoped to, but the most surprising part of his performance was the speed, power and elusiveness he was able to show in his first game back.

The trickle-down effect from Edelman’s return meant way more room to

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