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New England Patriots
The New England Patriots entered Monday night as 5.5-point favorites against the AFC's top team, the Houston Texans.
Within 13 minutes, Tom Brady had already thrown two touchdown passes, including a beautiful 37-yard strike to Brandon Lloyd on play action, to put the Pats up 14-0.
By halftime, New England was up 21-0.
Although the offense struggled for most of the third quarter, the offensive onslaught picked back up in the fourth, as New England piled on another two TDs for good measure.
However, as efficient as the offense was, it was New England's defense that stole the show Monday night.
Facing two of the league's most explosive players in Arian Foster and Andre Johnson, Jerod Mayo and Co. held the Texans' offense to just 100 rushing yards and 14 points.
With their seventh straight win, there's no question the Patriots are the No. 1 team in the league.
Let's take a look at this week's risers and fallers.
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Tom Brady celebrates after running for a first down during the third quarter of Monday’s Texans-Patriots game. Brady threw four touchdown passes as New England won in a route, 42-14. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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New England Patriots fans everywhere, today is a much important day. For the last time until December 12th in the year 2112, it is the magnificent holiday known as Tom Brady day.
What does Tom Brady entail? Well on this day we celebrate the greatest quarterback in New England Patriots history and all his accomplishments. The Super Bowl championships, the records, and the MVP awards...
Maybe whenever Tom Brady does this he’s letting the defense know that he’s smarter than them.
Few athletes have the patience and desire to prepare themselves for battle after battle on the same level as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Every week presents a new challenge whether it’s playing in the frigid cold of Green Bay, the intense heat of Miami, the incredibly loud environment...
After remarks that this game might have been the biggest in the franchise of the team. After Texans players saying all week they understood what the game meant in terms of how things could shape up come playoff time. Even after hearing the Patriots talk about how they were preparing all week, the Houston Texans could not find a way to get it done on Monday night against a high powered...
The New England Patriots have been the biggest contrast in the NFL for the 2012 season. While boasting the most prolific offense in the league, they also boast one of the worst defenses as well.We know that Tom Brady gives this team the best chance to win of any quarterback currently playing the game. That shows in a league leading 425.7 yards per game along with 472 total points...
Tom Brady is my Vader Juan…
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his wife, eventual billionaire model Gisele Bundchen, just welcomed their second child (Brady’s third) into the world. Joining the two boys that Brady has already fathered is a daughter named Vivian Lake Brady, which is considerably better than Katniss Vanellope. But I’m not here to make child birth announcements for millionaires...
The Patriots insist that their rout of the Texans was not a ''statement'' game to show they could excel against the team with the NFL's best record.
They made one - loud and clear - nevertheless.
Tom Brady and company let the dwindling group of doubters know that they can dominate even their best opponents and are still improving as they head toward the playoffs...
Adrian Peterson has Eric Dickerson on his radar screen after another beastly effort on Sunday afternoon, this one against the Chicago Bears.
The Minnesota Vikings running back is doing all he can to make us question everything we thought we know about modern medicine, as he continues to chase down Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, just a year removed from major knee surgery...
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2013 Pro Bowl with 823,372 votes, NFL.com announced today.
2013 Pro Bowl voting ends Monday, December 17.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ranks second overall with 746,710 votes, while Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (699,866 votes), Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson...
The ball was very much bouncing the right way for the Patriots on Monday night against the Texans.
Tom Brady tossed a checkdown to Danny Woodhead early in the fourth quarter, when Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt ran sixteen yards down the field to punch the ball out of the Patriots’ running back’s arms. Fortunately for New England, the ball bounced 13 yards down the field...
The best record in the AFC will mean little to the Houston Texans if they can't beat the defending conference champions.
The Texans lost for just the second time this season on Monday night when the New England Patriots coasted to a 42-14 win in a matchup of the two top teams in the AFC. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns as the Patriots (10-3) opened a 28-0 lead and ended...
Tom Brady may not have had much sleep on Sunday night — since he and wife Gisele Bundchen welcomed baby daughter Vivian Lake to the family on...
The New England Patriots have placed wide receiver Donte' Stallworth on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
The move on Tuesday ended his season after just one game, a 42-14 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night in which he scored on his only reception, a 63-yarder from Tom Brady. The Patriots, who had released Stallworth following training camp, re-signed him on Dec...
(Cross posted from CelticsLife.com with a few edits of the promotional stuff, courtesy CelticsLife writer Mike Dyer)With the entire region still flying high after the Patriots evisceration of the Texans on Monday night football, it's no surprise that the Pats became a big time talking point at Celtics practice today. First, we found out that not only was Doc Rivers on the sideline...