FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — 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.
"I don't know of a weakness that they have," Washington coach Joe Gibbs said. "They were as good as advertised. They pounded the heck out of us.''
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. "It's another game for us, just another challenge."
Washington (4-3) avoided a shutout when Campbell threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley with three minutes left.
Patriots 52, Redskins 7
Washington 0 0 0 7 — 7
New England 7 17 14 14 — 52
NE—Brady 3 run (Gostkowski kick), 3:44.
NE—Vrabel 2 pass from T.Brady (Gostkowski kick), 8:08.
NE—FG Gostkowski 36, 5:45.
NE—R.Moss 6 pass from T.Brady (Gostkowski kick), :17.
NE—T.Brady 2 run (Gostkowski kick), 7:14.
NE—Colvin 11 fumble return (Gostkowski kick), 5:47.
NE—Welker 2 pass from T.Brady (Gostkowski kick), 9:06.
NE—Cassel 15 run (Gostkowski kick), 5:53.
Was—Cooley 15 pass from J.Campbell (Suisham kick), 3:00.
Statistics Was NE
First downs 13 34
Total Net Yards 224 487
Rushes-yards 16-47 34-153
Passing 177 334
Punt Returns 0-0 0-0
Kickoff Returns 6-118 2-19
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-0
Comp-Att-Int 21-37-1 31-41-0
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-20 1-0
Punts 5-37.0 2-43.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-40 6-40
Time of Possession 22:11 37:49
if it was anyone but Gibbs I'm pretty sure Snyder would have fired him after last year.
You know there's a problem when Keenan McCardell, who hasn't caught a touchdown pass since 2005, has more TDs than your top 3 receivers combined.
As far as the coaching goes, I've heard that Gibbs takes over the play calling duties from Saunders when they get in the redzone, which may explain why they just can't seem to get a TD and are constantly relying on field goals.
I've now given up all hope...AGAIN...at least we can salvage the season roooining the Dallas run this weekend maybe...but who's idea is it that they play twice in the last 7 games of the season?!?!?! Thanks Goddell.
Not really, they are not making the playoffs this year. And as Skins fans, this might be blasphmey, but its time for Gibbs to go. The debacle last week with the timeouts and the onfield tribute to Taylor, the fuck-up at the goalline against the Giants back in week 3, and the constant look of bewilderment on his face, shows that has the game has passed him by. Let Greg Williams take over and also get rid the 20-25 assistant coaches that they have. Also Synder needs to be hands off from now on.