Tom Brady continued his record-setting pace by throwing for three touchdowns and running for two others, but credit must go to the defense up in this contest. Three strip sacks of Jason Campbell, set up three scores by the Patriots as they routed Joe Gibbs' team.
New England jumped on the board first with a 2-yard run by Brady - his first rushing touchdown of the season. The score came after Brady directed the team on a 14-play 90-yard drive against the 5th best defense in the NFL.
Trailing just 7-0 in the first quarter, the Redskins forced the Patriots to punt on their second possession. Unfortunately that was the first of what would be only two punts by Chris Hanson all night.
After going three-and-out for the third time in a row, the Redskins punted the ball back to New England for what became the beginning of the blowout. The Patriots moved down to the Washington 2 yard line where Brady found linebacker Mike Vrabel wide open in the right side of the end zone for Vrabel's tenth touchdown catch of his career.
Washington's offense was unable to get anything started in either half. Three plays into their fourth possession of the game, Mike Vrabel sacked Campbell for the first of what would be three sacks and forced fumbles. It was a monster day for Vrabel and a day to forget for the Redskins.
Campbell engineered one scoring drive late in the game with the Patriots already on top 52-0. It was Redskins' offensive line's inability to protect Campbell that led to 17 points by the Patriots. Campbell finished the night completing 21 of 36 pass attempts for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The three fumbles and one interception by the Campbell turned what could have been a competitive game into a monster blowout.
Tom Brady, continued his efficient, dominance as he guided the Patriots to 7 scores on the 9 possessions he was on the field. Three touchdowns through the air, and a pair on the ground gave Brady 32 touchdowns on the season, 30 of them passing. Brady finished the day completing 29 of his 38 attempts for 308 yards three touchdowns and no interceptions. His 125.5 passer rating gives him a 136.2 rating for the year, his best ever, and best in the NFL through eight games. His three-touchdown passing performance ties an NFL record held by Peyton Manning for most consecutive games (8) with three or more touchdown passes.
New England's 486-yard offensive performance keeps them as the No. 1 offense in the league. The Patriots improve to 8-0 on the season while Washington drops to 4-3 on the season. New England maintains a 5 game lead in the AFC East.
The Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts next Sunday, the last place they lost a game in the AFC Championship.
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