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Another week, another three touchdown win for the Patriots. With Monday night’s 34-13 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals, the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to win their first four games of the season by at least 20 points. Though the Pats didn’t reach the magical 38 point plateau, Randy Moss (9 catches, 102 yards, 2 TDs) and Sammy Morris (21 carries, 117 yards, TD) made sure the Patriots didn’t miss a beat in going 4-0.
Though the Bengals can’t be called an elite AFC team, they possess one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. The Patriots defense held them at bay for most of the evening, allowing just three catches and 53 yards from Chad Johnson. The defense will only get better with the addition of Rodney Harrison next week as he comes off suspension. Richard Seymour will be first eligible to play in Week 7.
Last Word: I think it’s irresponsible to start fathoming the Patriots going 16-0. With road trips to Dallas, Indy and Baltimore along with a home game against the Steelers, the season is far from wrapped up. However, the Patriots looked very impressive last night. Mike Felger of the Boston Herald sums it up nicely in his piece today, the Patriots are deep and diverse and can play many different styles of football. Tom Brady (13 TDs, 2 INTs) looks better than ever and Moss (7 TDs in 2007, 3 TDs in ’06) is incredible. His first TD catch last night where he jumped over the cornerback and still managed to haul in the pass and keep his feet in bounds is a play only two or three other guys in the NFL can make. This team is scary good and will only get better with the additions of Harrison and Seymour. Oh yea, all this with Laurence Maroney in street clothes last night.
The Pats return to Gillette next Sunday for a 1pm game against the surprising Browns (2-2).