Patriots season retrospective

   Randy Moss caught nine passes from 
  [Tom Brady](/player/tombrady/2504211/profile) for 183 yards and a touchdown in his New England debut, leading the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) to victory. 
   The 
  [New England Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) proved they don't need to spy to win. A few brilliant off-season acquisitions are more than enough. 

Tom Brady figured out quickly how to play with Randy Moss. That approach led the Patriots to their third straight rout to open the season.

   The 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) remained one of the NFL's four unbeaten teams by beating the 
  [Bengals](/teams/cincinnatibengals/profile?team=CIN) 34-13 with a performance that showed their versatility. 

Tom Brady tied an NFL record with at least three touchdown passes in his first five games as the Patriots earned another lopsided win.

   In a rare battle of 5-0 teams, the New England 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) stomped the 
  [Dallas Cowboys](/teams/dallascowboys/profile?team=DAL) as badly as everyone else they've faced this season. 

Tom Brady passed for 354 yards and a career-high six touchdowns -- two apiece to Randy Moss and Wes Welker --  for another division win.

   As the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) rolled up their highest point total in 28 years, 
  [Tom Brady](/player/tombrady/2504211/profile) threw his career-high 30th touchdown pass. 
   No running up the score this week. Against the 
  [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND), the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) had to struggle just to survive. 
   The 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) are showing no mercy to any opponent, not even the 
  [Bills](/teams/buffalobills/profile?team=BUF), a team for which coach 
  [Bill Belichick](/player/billbelichick/2509331/profile) has publicly expressed affection. 
   The 
  [Eagles](/teams/philadelphiaeagles/profile?team=PHI) gave the rest of the NFL a smidgen of hope: they showed that the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) can be vulnerable. 
   New England pulled off its great escape to become the sixth team in NFL history to start a season with 12 victories. 

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, Randy Moss caught two and Steelers safety Anthony Smith, who guaranteed a win, was burned.

   The 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE) found another way to stay unbeaten -- with a running game. And their coach showed a new way to greet his nemesis -- with a smile. 
   Records aren't important to the 
  [Patriots](/teams/newenglandpatriots/profile?team=NE), not yet anyway. Not finishing the season at 16-0. Not becoming the highest scoring team in NFL history. 
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