Final

Browns 17

(2-3, 0-2 away)

Patriots 34

(5-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2007

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 0 3 1417
NE 10 10 0 1434

Top Performers

Passing: D. Anderson (CLE) - 287 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: S. Morris (NE) - 21 CAR, 102 YDS

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 6 REC, 110 YDS

Pats never trail in comfortable victory over Browns

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The Patriots have had plenty to celebrate this season. Junior Seau finally gave in to the temptation.

Hot Start
New England Patriots

The Patriots are off to another hot start, marking the fifth time in franchise history they've begun a season 4-0 or better. Here's a look at the rest:

Year Started Finished
2007 5-0 ?
2004 6-0 14-2
1999 4-0 8-8
1997 4-0 10-6
1974 5-0 7-7
1964 4-0 10-3-1

Now he's ready to pay the price.

In a move more suited to an 18-year-old college player than an 18-year veteran like Seau, he raised the ball high while returning an interception in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Cleveland Browns, New England's fifth one-sided win in five games this season.

"It was a fun time and, obviously, I'm going to get reprimanded," Seau said.

He had two of New England's three interceptions and Tom Brady threw for three touchdowns, tying an NFL record with at least three in each of his first five games. The Patriots became the fourth team to start a season with five wins by at least 17 points, although Sunday's margin was their smallest.

Coach Bill Belichick, an anti-showboating advocate, finds mistakes to correct no matter how well the Patriots play. All he has to do this time is watch the play by Seau, who actually thought about lateraling.

"Coach wouldn't have liked that either," he said. "So I didn't want to have two whammies in one play."

Belichick, for the most part, loves Seau as a player.

"Junior adds a lot of energy to our defense," he said, but "I don't know what Junior is thinking sometimes."

Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow thinks the Patriots are the NFL's best team.

"They're great. It's obvious," he said. "They've won three Super Bowls."

They improved to 5-0 without a big contribution from Randy Moss, who entered the game as the NFL leader in yards receiving and total touchdowns. He had just three catches for 46 yards.

He was double-teamed most of the time, so Brady went to other receivers, throwing touchdown passes of 7 and 25 yards to Benjamin Watson and 34 yards to Donte' Stallworth.

Former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest wasn't excited about his return to his longtime home, especially after falling behind 20-0.

"Who wants to come back to a whupping?" he said as he signed one of his old Patriots jerseys for New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

The Patriots never trailed for the fourth game as they moved to 5-0 for the third time in club history.

It shouldn't be as easy when they visit Dallas next Sunday. But so far, they've been behind for just 12:36 this season -- and they followed that 7-3 deficit against Buffalo with 35 straight points in a 38-7 win.

The Browns (2-3) had shown promise after years of mediocrity. But they lost running back Jamal Lewis for the game with an injured right foot after he rushed for 11 yards on their first play. Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius hurt his knee. Coach Romeo Crennel gave no prognosis.

"The score affected our play calling more than anything," Crennel said.

The passing attack couldn't pick up the slack as Derek Anderson threw three interceptions in the first half, two on consecutive offensive plays by Cleveland, that led to 14 points.

Twice in the fourth quarter, the Browns cut the deficit to 10 points. And twice the Patriots came right back with touchdowns of their own.

"We always feel like it's tough to stop us unless we stop ourselves," Watson said.

Scouts Buzz
We can't say enough about offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, QB Tom Brady and the Patriots' ability to attack with all three levels. However, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and the Patriots' zone blitz schemes created a lot of problems for QB Derek Anderson, resulting in game-changing interceptions. The Patriots did a great job of mixing up their coverage schemes on the back end while not allowing the Browns any explosive downfield plays by usual playmakers WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow. The Patriots were very physical out on the perimeter while relying on their four-man rush with some interior games and zone blitz schemes to disrupt the flow and rhythm of the Browns' passing attack.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 5 Scouts Buzz

Three plays after Seau's flamboyant interception return, Watson's joyous demonstration wasn't nearly as risky.

Wide open in the left flat, he caught Brady's pass at the 8-yard line, jumped at the 1 and landed in the end zone for the first of his two touchdowns. The extra point by Stephen Gostkowski, who had kicked field goals of 20 and 25 yards, made it 20-0 with 1:01 left in the half.

Later, Brady leaped into the burly arms of guard Logan Mankins after the 25-yard touchdown to Watson for a 27-10 lead just 4 1/2 minutes after Anderson's 21-yard scoring pass to Tim Carter.

Brady didn't have to be as brilliant as he was in his first four games, when he completed 79.2 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. He was a mere 22-for-38 for 265 yards and no interceptions Sunday.

Sammy Morris, filling in for injured Laurence Maroney for the second straight game, gained 102 yards on 21 carries, one week after rushing for 117 yards.

More good news for the Patriots: safety Rodney Harrison returned after a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, reportedly by using human growth hormone.

And, finally, cornerback Randall Gay stripped Winslow of a reception and returned the fumble 15 yards for a touchdown with 42 seconds left.

But Belichick is bound to find plenty of mistakes to dwell on.

"I guarantee you that he didn't wait until Monday," Seau said. "When we were walking off the field, he came and whispered in my ear."

Game notes


The Patriots had scored in every quarter this season until being shut out in the third. ... Jason Wright gained 59 yards in 15 carries in place of Lewis. ... Brady wasn't sacked for the third game this season and has been sacked only three times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
NE
1st Downs2223
Passing 1st downs
1412
Rushing 1st downs
710
1st downs from penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
3-112-12
4th down efficiency
0-11-2
Total Plays6770
Total Yards353412
Yards per play5.35.9
Total Drives1313
Passing261265
Comp-Att
22-4322-38
Yards per pass
5.77.0
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-260-0
Rushing92147
Rushing Attempts
2132
Yards per rush
4.44.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-4
Penalties7-406-52
Turnovers40
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession27:3332:27

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson22/432876.7233-26
NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady22/382657.0300-0

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright15593.9011
Lewis11111.0011
NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris211024.9013
Eckel6162.7010

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards611018.3036
Carter35016.7121
NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Watson610717.8235
Stallworth46516.3134

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLENE
neFG8:06Stephen Gostkowski 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 78 yds, 6:59
03
neTD2:44Donte' Stallworth, 34 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 34 yds, 0:00
010
SECOND QUARTERCLENE
neFG6:16Stephen Gostkowski 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 44 yds, 4:17
013
neTD1:07Benjamin Watson, 7 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yds, 0:46
020
THIRD QUARTERCLENE
cleFG7:37Phil Dawson 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 56 yds, 3:28
320
FOURTH QUARTERCLENE
cleTD14:16Tim Carter, 21 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 55 yds, 3:50
1020
neTD9:45Benjamin Watson, 25 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:30
1027
cleTD6:01Kellen Winslow, 14 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 35 yds, 0:48
1727
neTD0:52Randall Gay, 15 yd fumble return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yds, 5:04
1734