Final

Redskins 7

(4-3, 1-2 away)

Patriots 52

(8-0, 4-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, October 28, 2007

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 0 0 77
NE 7 17 14 1452

Top Performers

Passing: T. Brady (NE) - 306 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: L. Maroney (NE) - 14 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: W. Welker (NE) - 9 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Patriots remain unbeaten, turn sights to undefeated Colts

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (ESPN.com news services) -- The Patriots rolled up their highest point total in 28 years. Tom Brady threw his career-high 30th touchdown pass.

Pretty impressive, and there's still half a season to go.

New England's amazing year kept getting better Sunday with a 52-7 rout of Washington. The Redskins entered with the fifth-ranked defense in the NFL and left with the franchise's worst loss since 1961.

No Record Is Safe
Tom Brady
Tom Brady continued his aerial assault of the NFL this season, tossing three more touchdowns against the Redskins. Here's a look at how Brady stacks up against the hottest months for a quarterback:
Player
Month
TD passes
Tom Brady*Oct. 200720
Peyton ManningNov. 200419
Brett FavreSept. 199616
Dan MarinoNov. 198616
* -- 20 TDs, 1 Int. during Oct.

"I don't know of a weakness that they have," Washington coach Joe Gibbs said.

Brady threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more. Linebacker Mike Vrabel caught a touchdown pass and forced three fumbles by quarterback Jason Campbell that led to 17 points.

The Patriots (8-0) have scored at least 34 points in each game and have won each by 17 points or more. They've outscored opponents by an average of 41.3 to 15.9.

At this rate, they'll score 662 points, shattering the NFL single-season record of 556 set by Minnesota in 1998. The 52 points were their most since they scored 56 against the New York Jets in 1979.

Still, they followed the line of coach Bill Belichick: dwell on the mistakes so they're not repeated.

"It's a long season," Brady said. "It's not even November yet and we've got a lot of room for improvement left."

Now the first half of the season is over. Bring on the Super Bowl champs, the Colts (7-0), whose winning margin is a mere 32 to 14.6.

The Patriots play next Sunday at Indianapolis, where they had their last loss, more than nine months ago in the AFC Championship Game.

Let the hype begin.

"You've got to block out the noise," Patriots defensive end Ty Warren said. "If you start reading too much into what's going on out there outside this locker room, I think the battle's already lost."

Washington (4-3) avoided a shutout when Campbell threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley with three minutes left.

By then, most of the fans had left, many of them likely rushing home to watch the Boston Red Sox try to win the World Series at the Colorado Rockies.

The Patriots are playing more like champions every week.

"You can't be perfect but you want to shoot for that," wide receiver Donte' Stallworth said.

Brady completed 29 of 38 passes for 306 yards and no interceptions. He's been picked off just twice all season, although he did lose a fumble Sunday. He extended his NFL record to eight games at the start of a season with at least three touchdown passes.

By the time he was replaced by Matt Cassel midway through the fourth quarter, the Patriots had outgained the Redskins 451 yards to 157. Even that change didn't slow down the Patriots. Cassel scored on a 15-yard run for a 52-0 lead with 5:53 remaining.

"We had a lot of guys step up," Belichick said. "We played hard from the first series for 60 minutes and that was a lot better than we did last week"

The Patriots beat Miami then, 49-28, but faltered after leading 42-7.

The Redskins sustained their worst loss since 1961 when the New York Giants beat them 53-0.

"I still don't believe it happened," Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said.

Brady scored on a 3-yard run on his first series, then threw a 2-yard pass to Vrabel, his 10th career catch all for touchdowns. Three plays later, Vrabel forced Campbell's fumble and Warren recovered. That led to Stephen Gostkowski's 36-yard field goal.

"I didn't see those coming," Campbell said. "They're very dynamic in everything that they do."

Just after the 2-minute warning before the half, Vrabel and Warren repeated that, giving the Patriots the ball at their 27. They made it to the Redskins 6 where Brady faked spiking the ball, which would have stopped the clock.

Instead, he lofted a pass to the left side of the end zone where 6-foot-4 Randy Moss outjumped 5-11 Leigh Torrence for a 6-yard touchdown. It was his 11th of the season and left Moss one short of Stanley Morgan's team record of 12.

"If you just throw it up to Randy, he usually catches it," Brady said.

In the third quarter, Brady ran for a 2-yard touchdown, giving him two for the game and five in his career. Then Vrabel knocked the ball away from Campbell for the third time and Rosevelt Colvin ran it in for an 11-yard score and a 38-0 lead with just under six minutes left in the third quarter.

Then, with a fourth-and-1 at the Redskins 7, the Patriots went for it rather than try for a field goal and Brady ran 2 yards. Two plays later, he threw his third touchdown pass of the game, a 2-yarder to Wes Welker with 9:06 left that drew the ire of Redskins linebacker Randall Godfrey.

"I said something to [Belichick] after the game," Godfrey told NBCSports.com. "I told him, 'You need to show some respect for the game.' You just don't do that. I don't care how bad it is. You're up 35 points and you're still throwing deep? That's no respect."

Was Belichick trying to run up the score?

"What do you want us to do, kick a field goal?" he said.

Redskins safety Pierson Prioleau didn't want to discuss it.

"If they want to get 100 points, that's up to them," he said. "We're just trying to stop them."

Gibbs took no offense to the play-calling of Belichick.

Game notes


Brady's passer rating for the season actually went down to 136.2, still it's 15.1 points better than Peyton Manning's single-season record. ... The Redskins were the only team Brady hadn't beaten before Sunday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
NE
1st Downs1334
Passing 1st downs
1021
Rushing 1st downs
313
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
2-126-11
4th down efficiency
1-22-2
Total Plays5677
Total Yards224486
Yards per play4.06.3
Total Drives1211
Passing177334
Comp-Att
21-3731-41
Yards per pass
4.48.0
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-201-0
Rushing47152
Rushing Attempts
1635
Yards per rush
2.94.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-26-7
Penalties5-406-40
Turnovers41
Fumbles lost
31
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession22:1137:49

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell21/361975.5113-20
Randle El0/100.0000-0
NEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brady29/383068.1301-0
Cassel2/3289.3000-0

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis11272.507
Betts393.006
NECARYDSAVGTDLG
Maroney14755.4013
Faulk5326.408

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Portis55410.8025
Randle El34314.3028
NERECYDSAVGTDLG
Welker9899.9119
Faulk7578.1012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHNE
neTD3:50Tom Brady, 3 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 90 yds, 7:16
07
SECOND QUARTERWSHNE
neTD8:12Mike Vrabel, 2 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yds, 5:09
014
neFG5:49Stephen Gostkowski 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yds, 0:57
017
SECOND QUARTERWSHNE
neTD0:20Randy Moss, 6 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yds, 1:32
024
neTD7:20Tom Brady, 2 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 85 yds, 7:46
031
neTD5:54Rosevelt Colvin, 11 yd fumble return (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, -9 yds, 1:27
038
FOURTH QUARTERWSHNE
neTD9:09Wes Welker, 2 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 88 yds, 7:56
045
neTD6:01Matt Cassel, 15 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 45 yds, 2:37
052
wshTD3:07Chris Cooley, 15 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 2:53
752