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Monday, October 20, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Patriots 41, Broncos 7


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- So what do we make of this?

More than ever this season, the New England Patriots looked like their 2007 version Monday night in Gillette Stadium.

Aside from the troubling trend of allowing too many sacks, the Patriots rebounded from an ugly loss to dominate the Denver Broncos, 41-7.

In alternating games, starting in Week 3, the Patriots have allowed 38 points, scored 30 points, allowed 30 points and scored 41 points.

Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel looked like a suitable proxy with his first three-touchdown game. Randy Moss scored two touchdowns. Wes Welker had the other.

Sammy Morris ran for 138 yards in the first half, and when he left the game with a knee injury BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk ripped off some runs behind the Pro Bowlers on the left side of the offensive line.

The Patriots' defense made several big plays. They recorded sacks, made interceptions, forced fumbles -- you name it.