Monday, October 1, 2012
Picked-up pieces from Patriots' win
By Field Yates
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Passing along some notes and milestones from the Patriots' win over the Bills on Sunday:
1. Belichick now eighth in wins. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick earned his 194th career win as an NFL head coach on Sunday, surpassing Chuck Knox for sole possession of eighth all-time in league annals. Another eight wins will vault Belichick past Dan Reeves and into seventh place all time.
2. Pats offense makes history. The Patriots' offense accomplished something on Sunday that had been done just once before in league history, with two players surpassing 100 yards rushing and two players surprassing 100 yards receiving in one game. Brandon Bolden (137) and Stevan Ridley (106) did the heavy lifting on the ground, while Wes Welker (129) and Rob Gronkowski (104) each totaled over 100 yards through the air. The Packers achieved the same feat in December of 2008.
3. Brady moves up passing charts. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady surpassed Kerry Collins for 10th all-time in completions, and now has 3,498 completions in his career. He also bypassed Collins for 10th all-time on the passing yardage list, as Brady upped his total to 41,206 yards. Finally, Brady threw a touchdown pass for the 36th consecutive game, tying the third-longest streak in NFL history.
4. Welker moves up franchise list. In Week 2, Patriots receiver Wes Welker moved past Troy Brown as the franchise's all-time leader in receptions. On Sunday, Welker sped past Brown again, moving up to second all-time in franchise history with 6,485 receiving yards, just ahead of Brown's 6,366. Welker has back-to-back 100-plus yard efforts after a quiet start to the 2012 season.
5. Pats avoid three-game skid. The Patriots upped their streak to 157 games without losing three consecutive contests, easily the tops amongst the NFL's 32 franchises currently. The Falcons, who improved to 4-0 on Sunday, are second, having gone 69 games without losing three straight.
6. Division play starts on strong note. The Patriots are now gridlocked atop the AFC East with the Bills and Jets at 2-2, and Sunday's win improved their intra-division record to 54-15 since the start of the 2001 season, the best in the NFL during that time. The Patriots' next division contest is not until October 21, when they will host the Jets.
7. Second-half offensive explosion. The Patriots became just first team since the 1950 New York Giants to score 45 points in the second half after trailing at halftime.