With Oakland winning and Arizona losing — two of the oddities from Week 12 — about the only sure bet in the
That was the case again Sunday, as the Patriots made light work of the league's No. 1 defense in throttling the
It was the third week in a row the Patriots knocked off a division leader, having blown out Denver and Indianapolis in their two previous games.
To many, the story line is as tired and grating as
"This team is dialed in very well, and we execute well," said Patriots cornerback
Perhaps the biggest test comes Sunday when the Patriots play at Green Bay in what could be a
But even the smoking-hot
New England averaged 20.0 points in its first four games, and 39.6 in its last seven.
"They were able to move the ball, score touchdowns on us and we got a little settled down there for a while right after the half, but they still were able to handle us pretty well," Lions Coach
And the Patriots are moving the ball in all kinds of ways. A week after running the ball for 244 yards against Indianapolis, they threw it 53 times against Detroit.
"Whatever it takes, we're going to try to figure out, whatever it takes," Brady said.
Perhaps the best example of the Patriots' finding different ways to win was the tale of running back Jonas Gray. He had an incredible breakout game against the
Then, on Friday, he overslept and missed practice.
His totals Sunday? Zero yards, zero touches, zero snaps.
Gray learned a hard and literal lesson: You snooze, you lose.
Return to normalcy
A week after both Super Bowl teams lost, Seattle and Denver responded with victories Sunday.
"There was something that was missing," Seattle wide receiver
"I definitely felt it today."
It was only the second loss of the season for Arizona, which still has a two-game lead in the
Denver also rebounded Sunday, but it was a much closer game. The
In bringing his team back from an 11-point deficit, Manning recorded his NFL-record 51st game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. It was his first game-winning drive since directing a comeback over Washington on Oct. 28, 2013.
"We definitely earned a victory against a good football team today but we've got to keep it going," said Manning, whose team plays at Kansas City next Sunday night. "We can't win one and have a fall-off."
Behind Manning on the list of fourth-quarter/overtime comebacks are
Home sweet home
Many, many happy returns
The first score of the day Sunday came on the first play of Philadelphia's home game against Tennessee.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 1976 Denver Broncos were the only other team since the 1970 merger to have 10 return touchdowns in the first 11 games.
"We talk about starting fast," Eagles Coach Chip Kelly said, "but you can't start faster than that."
Bortles has been tentative and inaccurate lately, on Sunday completing 15 of 27 passes for 146 yards and no touchdowns. The Colts sacked him four times and intercepted him once.
The Packers have been around a long time, so it's quite a feat to make history for them. Nevertheless, running back
Lacy rushed for 125 yards with a touchdown and scored a receiving touchdown in the victory over Minnesota. He's the first Packers running back to record at least 100 yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown in three consecutive games.
"How did I hold up? Pretty good," said Gordon, who had eight catches for 120 yards. "The adrenaline will keep you going."
Meanwhile, running back
"I was prepared for anything," said Blount, who played for the Patriots last season. "I came in and they told me, 'Just be prepared for whatever we use you for.' So, I just made sure I was ready."