8:30 PM ET, October 20, 2008
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The team Tom Brady used to lead to dominant wins finally showed up.The Patriots played like the club that had a perfect regular-season record last year as Matt Cassel, in his best game since taking over for the injured quarterback, threw three touchdown passes, Sammy Morris ran for 138 yards and New England routed the Denver Broncos 41-7 Monday night. On defense, they forced five turnovers. And on special teams, Wes Welker's 44-yard punt return set up Randy Moss' second touchdown catch. "The main focus was to really play a complementary game," Moss said, "special teams, offense and defense. And I think we did that tonight.
• The Patriots piled up 257 yards on the ground, New England's most since Week 17 of the 1993 season.
• Randy Moss broke a tie with Marvin Harrison to move into fourth place on the all-time receiving TD list with 128.
• The Broncos have turned the ball over 13 times in their last four games (1-3) after turning it over just three times during their 3-0 start.
• Sammy Morris rushed for a career-high 138 yards, all in the first half before leaving with an injury, for his fourth career 100-yard rushing game.
-- ESPN research
Cutler was sacked twice, matching his total for the first five games. ... Belichick improved to 3-5 against Mike Shanahan's Broncos since Belichick became coach of the Patriots in 2000. He doesn't have a losing record against any other team. ... Moss's 129 total touchdowns are eighth in NFL history. His 128 touchdowns receiving are fourth, two behind Cris Carter.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.7||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||05:08||Stephen Gostkowski 31 Yd||0||3|
|FG||02:06||Stephen Gostkowski 40 Yd||0||6|
|TD||07:34||Sammy Morris 4 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||0||13|
|TD||00:44||Randy Moss 13 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||0||20|
|TD||07:32||Randy Moss 27 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||0||27|
|TD||02:21||Wes Welker 6 Yd Pass From Matt Cassel (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||0||34|
|TD||13:21||Daniel Graham 10 Yd Pass From Jay Cutler (Matt Prater Kick)||7||34|
|TD||03:09||Benjarvus Green-Ellis 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)||7||41|