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Notebook: Patriots Are Streaking
--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 and 2004.
--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 on PUP.
--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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