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NFL Week 12: Tom Brady and Patriots playing like a powerhouse afire
NFL Week 12: Tom Brady and Patriots playing like a powerhouse afire

With Oakland winning and Arizona losing — two of the oddities from Week 12 — about the only sure bet in the NFL these days is that the New England Patriots are going to come through. And come through big. That was the case again Sunday, as the Patriots made light work of the league's No. 1 defense in throttling the Detroit Lions, 34-9, to collect their league-best seventh consecutive victory. 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 Bill Belichick's monotone, but there's no escaping the truth: Tom Brady &...

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