Originally written on Foxboro Blog  |  Last updated 12/11/12
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.    Risers 1. Tom Brady, QB: ...
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