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    Patriots at Bills: Game Notes New England Patriots

    The New England Patriots move to 10-0 with a 56-10 win over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The following are notes from the game.

    PATRIOTS TIE FRANCHISE SINGLE-GAME SCORING RECORD
    With 56 points against the Bills, the Patriots tied the highest single-game point total in franchise history, equaling the 56 points scored in a 56-3 victory over the New York Jets on Sept. 9, 1979. Of the 10 highest-scoring games in the Patriots franchise's 718-game history, four have come this season -- a 52-7 win over Washington (10/28/07), a 49-28 win over Miami (10/21/07) and a 48-27 win over Dallas (10/14/07), in addition to the 56-10 victory over Buffalo tonight. New England's 46-point margin of victory over the Bills is the second largest in franchise history, trailing only their 53-point margin in their 56-3 win over the Jets in 1979.

    PATRIOTS SET SINGLE-SEASON FRANCHISE TOUCHDOWN RECORD
    With eight touchdowns against Buffalo, the Patriots raised their season total to 54 touchdowns, setting a new single-season team record. New England's previous team record was 52 touchdowns, achieved in 1961 and in 1980. The NFL record for most touchdowns by a team in a single season is 70, achieved by the 1984 Miami Dolphins.

    PATRIOTS BECOME 10th TEAM SINCE 1970 MERGER TO START 10-0
    The Patriots improved to 10-0, extending the best start in franchise history and becoming the 10th team since the 1970 AFL-NFL Merger to begin a season with at least 10 consecutive victories. New England has won 13 straight regular season games dating back to last season, compiling the second longest regular-season winning streak in team history, trailing only their NFL record 18 straight regular-season wins from 2003-04. The Patriots are the first team since the 2005 Indianapolis Colts to start a season 10-0 and join the 1990 New York Giants, the 1990 San Francisco 49ers, the 1991 Washington Redskins, the 1998 Denver Broncos and the 2005 Colts as the only teams to accomplish the feat in the last 20 years.

    510 TOTAL NET YARDS MOST SINCE 1979
    The Patriots gained 510 total net yards, marking the franchise's highest total in 28 years. The Patriots' offensive output was the highest since New England gained a franchise-record 597 total net yards in a 56-3 win over the New York Jets on Sept. 9, 1979. The Patriots' 510 total net yards against the Bills are the fourth highest total in franchise history, trailing only their 1979 total and also a 529-yard performance on Oct. 29, 1978 and a 526-yard output on Dec. 18, 1965.

    411 POINTS IN 2007
    Through 10 games, the Patriots have score a total of 411 points, marking the sixth highest single-season point total in franchise history. New England's 411 points are the most since the Patriots scored 437 points in 2004. New England is averaging 41.1 points per game. The all-time NFL record for a full season is 38.8 points per game, achieved by the 1950 Los Angeles Rams. The post-merger record is 34.8 points per game, achieved by the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. Through 10 games, the Patriots have scored 411 points and have allowed 157 for a net differential of 254 points. That total already ranks ninth all-time in NFL history (since the league was founded in 1920). The NFL record for total point differential is 292, achieved by the 1942 Chicago Bears (376 points scored, 84 points allowed).

    BRADY SETS FRANCHISE CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASS MARK
    Tom Brady has passed Steve Grogan to become the Patriots' career touchdown pass leader. With a 6-yard touchdown pass to Randy Moss in the second quarter -- Brady's third of the night and the 183rd of his career -- Brady passed Grogan's old career record of 182 touchdown passes. With five touchdown passes tonight Brady has 185 touchdown passes in 106 career games (104 starts), while Grogan totaled his 182 scoring passes in 149 career games (131 starts). Brady's 38 touchdowns in 2007 are a Patriots single-season record (Babe Parilli, 31, 1964).

    MOSS SETS FRANCHISE SINGLE-SEASON TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION RECORD
    Randy Moss set a new Patriots single-season record with his 13th touchdown reception of the season and his first touchdown of the night, a 43-yard scoring catch in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead. With three more touchdowns in the second quarter, Moss raised his season total to 16 touchdowns. Moss eclipsed the previous team record of 12 touchdown receptions, achieved by Stanley Morgan in 1979. Moss's 16 touchdown catches are the third highest single-season total of his career, trailing only his career-high 17 scoring receptions in 1998 and 2003.

    MOSS SETS FRANCHISE SINGLE-GAME TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION RECORD
    With four touchdown receptions, Randy Moss has set the franchise's single-game touchdown reception record, recording the first four-touchdown catch game in team history. Moss's four scoring catches set a new single-game career high, topping his previous mark of three, achieved three previous times, most recently while playing for the Minnesota Vikings against San Francisco on Sept. 28, 2003. Moss is the first Patriot to catch at least three touchdown passes in a game since Ben Coates had three scoring grabs on Nov. 26, 1995. Coates's performance also came in a game against the Bills in Buffalo.

    MOSS BREAKS 1,000-YARD MARK FOR THE SEASON
    With a 5-yard reception with 2:27 remaining in the second quarter, Randy Moss eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the year, becoming the first Patriots player to record 1,000 or more receiving yards since Troy Brown had 1,199 receiving yards in 2001. Moss's 1,000-yard season is the 10th 1,000-yard receiving season in Patriots history and he joins Troy Brown (1), Terry Glenn (2), Ben Coates (1), Stanley Morgan (3), Irving Fryar (1) and Harold Jackson (1) as the only players in team history to achieve the feat. Morgan holds the team's single-season record with 1,491 receiving yards in 1986. For Moss, the 1,000-yard season is the eighth of his 10-year career and his first since 2005, when he had 1,005 yards for the Oakland Raiders.

    BRADY BREAKS 3,000-YARD MARK FOR THE SEASON
    Tom Brady eclipsed the 3,000-yard passing plateau tonight, finishing the game with 3,056 yards while completing 250-of-338 passes (74.0 percent) for 38 touchdowns and four interceptions. Brady has broken the 3,000-yard mark for the sixth straight season. He threw for a career-high 4,110 yards in 2005.

    MOSS TIES RECORD WITH FOUR TOUCHDOWN CATCHES IN FIRST HALF
    Randy Moss's four touchdown receptions in the first half tie an NFL record for the most touchdown catches before halftime. The last NFL player to achieve the feat was Roy Green of the St. Louis Cardinals, who did it against Seattle on Nov. 13, 1983. The other players to achieve the feat were Miami's Paul Warfield (12/15/73), Harold Jackson of the L.A. Rams (10/14/73) and Green Bay's Don Hutson (10/7/45).

    BRADY: HIGH YARDAGE TOTAL, HIGH TD TOTAL
    Tom Brady totaled 373 passing yards and had five touchdown passes tonight. His 373 passing yards are the third highest of his career, trailing only his 410 yards against Kansas City on Sept. 22, 2002 and his 388 yards at Dallas on Oct. 14, 2007. His five touchdown passes tie the second highest total of his career (also achieved at Dallas on Oct. 14, 2007) and trail only his franchise-record six scoring tosses at Miami on Oct. 21, 2007.

    WATSON GRABS SIXTH TOUCHDOWN OF SEASON
    Benjamin Watson caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season, a 3-yard scoring grab from Tom Brady to give the Patriots a 42-7 lead. The touchdown catch was Watson's first since Oct. 7, when he had two scoring catches in a victory over Cleveland. Watson's six touchdown receptions are a single-season career high, topping his four scoring grabs in 2005. Watson's six touchdown catches are the most by a Patriots tight end since Daniel Graham had seven scoring grabs in 2005.

    WELKER SETS SINGLE-SEASON CAREER HIGH
    With his seventh catch of the night -- a 24-yard reception in the third quarter -- Wes Welker set a new single-season career high with his 68th reception of the season. Welker's previous career high was 67 receptions, achieved in 2006 with the Miami Dolphins.

    MARONEY REACHES END ZONE
    Laurence Maroney scored his first touchdown of the season on a 6-yard run in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. The touchdown was Maroney's first since Dec. 31, 2006, when he scored on a 1-yard run at Tennessee in the 2006 regular-season finale. His touchdown against the Bills was the eighth touchdown of Maroney's career (7 rush, 1 rec.).

    HOBBS SCORES ON FUMBLE RECOVERY
    Ellis Hobbs caught a loose ball forced by James Sanders in the fourth quarter and returned the fumble 35 yards for a touchdown to give the Patriots a 56-10 lead. The touchdown was the third of Hobbs's career, joining two kickoff returns for touchdowns -- one in 2007 and one in 2006. Hobbs's touchdown was the fourth defensive touchdown of the season for the Patriots, joining an interception return by Adalius Thomas (9/16), a fumble return by Randall Gay (10/7) and a fumble return by Rosevelt Colvin (10/28).

    MARONEY BECOMES 19th PATRIOT TO SCORE A TOUCHDOWN IN 2007
    Laurence Maroney became the 19th player to score a touchdown for the Patriots this season, scoring on a 6-yard run in the first quarter to give the Patriots a 7-0 lead. The NFL record for most players scoring a touchdown in a single season is 21, achieved by the 2000 Denver Broncos and the 1987 Los Angeles Rams.
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    QUICK HITS

    Tonight's kickoff temperature was 36 degrees, making this the Patriots' coldest game since Nov. 5, 2006, when the temperature was 31 degrees for a Sunday night game against Indianapolis at Gillette Stadium.
    Jabar Gaffney caught a 31-yard pass from Tom Brady in the catch was Gaffney's second longest since joining the Patriots in 2006, trailing only his 33-yard catch against the New York Jets on Nov. 12, 2006.
    Wide receiver Chad Jackson and cornerback Eddie Jackson both played in their first game of the 2007 season. Both players spent the first nine games of the season on the reserve/PUP list.

    100-YARD GAME FOR MOSS
    With 128 receiving yards on 10 catches, Randy Moss has recorded his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season and the 53rd 100-yard receiving game of his career. Moss's 53 career 100-yard receiving games rank third all-time, trailing only Jerry Rice (76) and Marvin Harrison (59). Stanley Morgan holds the Patriots single-season record with nine 100-yard receiving games in 1986.

    10 RECEPTIONS FOR MOSS
    Randy Moss set a season high with 10 receptions against Buffalo. Moss's 10 receptions mark the ninth game of his career with 10 or more receptions. The last time Moss had 10 or more receptions in a game was on Nov. 30, 2003, when he caught 10 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown for the Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis.

    RANDALL GAY RECORDS THIRD INTERCEPTION OF THE SEASON
    Randall Gay recorded his third interception of the season when he picked off a J.P. Losman pass on the Bills' fourth offensive play of the game and returned it 21 yards to Buffalo's 13-yard line. The interception set up a two-play touchdown drive that ended in a 6-yard scoring run by Laurence Maroney and a 7-0 Patriots lead. Gay's three interceptions tie Junior Seau for the second highest total on the team, trailing only Asante Samuel's team-high four interceptions. Gay's three interceptions establish a new career high, topping his two interceptions as a rookie in 2004. Gay's interception against Buffalo raised his career total to five interceptions.

    VRABEL RAISES SEASON TOTAL TO 9.5 SACKS
    Mike Vrabel was credited with a zero-yard sack of J.P. Losman in the first quarter. The sack raised Vrabel's team-high season total to 9.5 sacks, tying his single-season career high, also achieved in 2003. Vrabel's 9.5 sacks tie the highest total by a Patriots player since Willie McGinest had 11.0 sacks in 1995. Since then, a Patriot has totaled 9.5 sacks four times: Vrabel (2003, 2007), McGinest (1996, 2004).

    THOMAS SETS SINGLE-GAME CAREER HIGH WITH 2.5 SACKS
    Adalius Thomas recorded 2.5 sacks in the first half against the Bills, setting a new single-game career high and recording his fourth career game with at least two sacks. Thomas sacked J.P. Losman for a 9-yard loss in the first quarter and later dropped Losman for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter. He then teamed with Tedy Bruschi to drop Losman for a 7-yard loss in the second quarter. The sacks raised Thomas's season total to 3.0 sacks and his career total to 41.5 sacks. Thomas is the fifth player to record 2.0 or more sacks in a game for the Patriots this season, joining Mike Vrabel (twice), Rosevelt Colvin, Tedy Bruschi and Jarvis Green.
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    Wow. Just wow.
    Is that a record for records in a game?

    The amazing thing is the TD record. The Pats have 54 in 10 games. The record is 70.
    The Pats are on a pace of 86.4 TDS which would shatter the all-time NFL record by 23.4%.

    It is one thing to break a record from the 75+ yr history of the NFL, and something else entirely to beat it by 23%.

    We need 17 TDs in 6 games to break the record, which is just 52.4% of what we have been scoring.
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