Patriots continue their home dominance
--The Patriots have now won a franchise-record 20
consecutive regular-season home games dating back to a 47-7 win over the
Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 21, 2008. The team's previous record was 18 in a row
from Dec. 29, 2002, through Sept. 8, 2005.
The NFL record for most consecutive home victories
is 27, achieved by the Miami Dolphins from 1971-74.
Streaking In The Right Direction
--The Patriots have won five of their first six games of the
season, marking the eighth time in team history that New England has
won at least five of its first six games.
It's the second time in team history New England
has started 5-1 or better through six games in back-to-back years,
having also done so in 2006 and 2007. In addition to this year, New
England was 5-1 in 2010, 2006, 1997, 1980 and 1974, and was 6-0 in 2007
--Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes against
Dallas to move past Vinny Testaverde (275) into sole possession of
eighth place on the NFL's all-time touchdown list.
Brady finished the game with 277 touchdown passes,
including a game-winning score to Aaron Hernandez with 22 seconds
remaining. Johnny Unitas ranks seventh with 290 touchdown passes. Brady
also ranks eighth in NFL history with 116 career wins as a starting
quarterback, one behind Joe Montana's total.
--QB Tom Brady threw two more interceptions in the
win over the Cowboys, giving him eight for the season. That's twice as
many as the reigning MVP tossed all of last season. At the bye Brady is
completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,163 yards with 16
touchdowns and a 104.8 passer rating.
--RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis fought for a tough 58
yards on 14 carries against Dallas to help the Patriots stay balanced.
Through six games The Law Firm leads New England with 391 yards on 91
carries (4.3 avg.) with five touchdowns.
--RB Danny Woodhead returned to action against
Dallas after missing a week with an ankle injury. He had just four
rushes for 7 yards and two catches for 22 yards.
--TE Rob Gronkowski led the Patriots with 74 yards
on seven catches in beating Dallas. He's New England's second-leading
receiver through six games with 29 receptions for 401 yards (13.8 avg.)
and five touchdowns.
--WR Wes Welker had his most quiet day of the
young season with six catches for just 45 yards and a touchdown against
Dallas. At the bye he leads the NFL with 51 receptions for 785 yards
with six touchdown receptions.
--WR Deion Branch notched three catches for 69
yards to help beat the Cowboys, including a 45-yarder.
--CB Kyle Arrington picked off a Tony Romo pass
early in Sunday's victory. The interception was Arrington's fourth of
the season to lead New England and the NFL.
--LB Brandon Spikes had maybe his best game as a
professional against Dallas, finishing with eight tackles, including
one for a loss and a quarterback hit.
--LB Gary Guyton continues to fill-in for injured
All-Pro Jerod Mayo, who missed his second straight game with an MCL
injury. Guyton tied for a team high with 10 tackles against Dallas,
while also serving as New England's primary defensive signal caller.
--RB Kevin Faulk is eligible to begin practicing
after missing the first six weeks of the season on PUP while recovering
from a torn ACL suffered last season. DLs Brandon Deaderick and Ron Brace are also now eligible to begin practicing after opening the year
--S Ross Ventrone was released Oct. 17. He eas
re-signed Oct. 19.
--DB Sterling Moore was released Oct.17, just two
days after getting promoted from the practice squad to the active
roster. Moore saw reserve action in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
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