- Patriots off to a 7-2 or better start for sixth straight season
- Patriots are best second half team since 1994
- Patriots have at least one turnover in all nine games
- Brady first to reach 80,000 total yards
- Patterson has most rushing yards by a Patriots WR in a game
PATRIOTS START 7-2 OR BETTER FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT SEASON
The Patriots have a 7-2 record through the first nine games of the year, marking the 12th time in franchise history and sixth-straight season that the team has started the year at 7-2 or better. It is also be the 10th time under Bill Belichick that the team has started 7-2 or better. (1978, 1980, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
PATRIOTS ARE THE BEST IN THE SECOND HALF SINCE 1994
Since Robert Kraft purchased the franchise in 1994, the New England Patriots own the NFL’s best record in the second half of the season. The Patriots are the only team with a winning percentage over .700 over that span.
PATRIOTS HAD 13 RUSHING ATTEMPTS FOR 89 YARDS BY WIDE RECEIVERS
The Pats had 13 rushing attempts by wide receivers for 89 yards. The 13 rushing attempts are the most by an NFL team since Cleveland had 15 by WR Eric Metcalf on Dec. 26, 1993 at the Los Angeles Rams. It is the most rush attempts ever by Patriots wide receivers. The 89 yards by the receivers are the most by an NFL team since Kansas City had 89 yards by wide receivers on Dec. 25, 2016 vs. Denver.
PATRIOTS HAVE AT LEAST ONE TAKEAWAY IN ALL NINE GAMES;
The Patriots have had at least one takeaway in each game of 2018 after DL Lawrence Guys forced a fumble that was recovered by CB Stephon Gilmore in the fourth quarter. If they continue this streak throughout the season, it will mark the ninth time in franchise history and the first time since 2012 that the team has had a takeaway in every game of the regular season.
PATRIOTS SCORE FAST TO OPEN THE GAME
The Patriots opened the game with a 10-play, 59-yard drive that took 3:20 and ended with an 8-yard touchdown run by RB James White. It is the fastest touchdown drive to open a game by the Patriots since Week 1 of the 2017 season vs. Kansas City when the Patriots had a 9-play, 73-yard touchdown drive that took 2:52.
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BRADY SETS MARK FOR MOST TOTAL YARDS IN NFL HISTORY
QB Tom Brady is the first NFL player to reach 80,000 total yards. With 294 yards passing against the Packers and minus one yard rushing, Brady now has 80,074 total yards (regular season and postseason - passing, receiving, rushing and fumble return yards).
BRADY HAS TWO 55-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN 2018;
THREE 55-YARD COMPLETIONS OVERALL
Tom Brady threw his second 55-yard touchdown of the season when he hooked up with WR Josh Gordon on a 55-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. It was his third 55-yard pass of the season. He had a 55-yard touchdown pass to WR Cordarrelle Patterson in the second quarter vs. Miami on Sept. 30 and had a 55-yard pass to Gordon at Chicago on Oct. 21.
RB JAMES WHITE SETS CAREER HIGH WITH HIS THIRD AND FOURTH RUSHING TD OF THE SEASON
RB James White scored on an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to set a single-season best with three rushing touchdowns for the year. His previous best was two rushing touchdowns in 2015. White added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for his fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
WHITE SETS CAREER HIGH WITH FIRST REGULAR SEASON GAME WITH 2 RUSHING TDS;
FIFTH NFL GAME WITH 2-TDS AND THIRD 2-TD GAME OF 2018
White scored on an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for his first regular season NFL game with two rushing touchdowns. Overall it is his fifth NFL game with two touchdowns. He had two receiving touchdowns vs. Cincinnati (10/16/2016) and at Chicago (10/21/18) and scored a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown vs. Miami (9/30/18) and vs. Buffalo (11/23/15).
WHITE ON RECORD-SETTING PACE
RB James White has 61 receptions in 2018 and is on pace to finish the season with 108 receptions. Eight NFL running backs have finished a season with 90 or more receptions.
WHITE SETS SINGLE-SEASON HIGH IN RECEPTIONS
White set a single-season career high with his 61 receptions so far in 2018. His previous best was the 60 receptions he had in 2016. He needs 17 receptions to set the team record for most receptions by a running back in a season.
WHITE TIES MARK FOR MOST RECEPTIONS BY A RB IN THE FIRST NINE GAMES
RB James White has 61 receptions through the first nine games of the season, to tie the mark for the most receptions by an NFL running back through the first nine games of the season.
EDELMAN COMPLETES FIRST REGULAR SEASON PASS; COMPLETES SECOND PASS OVERALL
WR Julian Edelman completed his first career regular season pass to RB James White for a 37-yard gain in the fourth quarter. It is his first regular season pass attempt and completion in his career. Edelman had a 51-yard touchdown pass to WR Danny Amendola in the AFC Divisional victory vs. Baltimore on Jan. 10, 2015. He threw an incomplete pass vs. Atlanta in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017.
WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON SETS PATRIOTS RECORD FOR MOST RUSHING YARDS IN A GAME BY A WR
WR Cordarrelle Patterson set the Patriots mark for most rushing yards by a wide receiver in a game with 61 yards rushing on 11 attempts. The previous mark was 48 yards by WR Darryl Stingley on Oct. 3, 1976 vs. Oakland.
Most Rushing Yards by a Patriots Wide Receiver in a Game
61-yards by Cordarrelle Patterson On Nov. 4, 2018 vs. Green Bay
48-yards by Darryl Stingley on Oct. 3, 1976 vs. Oakland
47-yards by Julian Edelman vs. Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 2012
38-yards by Cordarrelle Patterson at Buffalo on Oct. 29, 2018
37-yards by Terry Glenn vs. Kansas City on Dec. 4, 2000
PATTERSON SCORES HIS 7TH CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
Patterson scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and now has seven rushing touchdowns in his career, tied for the sixth-most in NFL history by a wide receiver. The Patriots have had five receivers rush for a touchdown in team history in the regular season. It is the first rushing touchdown by a New England wide receiver in the regular season since David Patten had a 29-yard touchdown run at Indianapolis on Oct. 21, 2001.
RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS BY A PATRIOTS RECEIVER (REGULAR SEASON)
Cordarrelle Patterson – 5-yard touchdown run vs. Green Bay on Nov. 4, 2018
David Patten – 29-yard touchdown run at Indianapolis on Oct. 21, 2001
Irving Fryar – 8-yard touchdown run at Seattle on Nov. 17, 1985
Darryl Stingley – 34-yard touchdown run vs. Kansas City on Sept. 18, 1977
Darryl Stingley – 23-yard touchdown run vs. Baltimore on Oct. 6, 1974
Deion Branch – 23 yard touchdown run in AFC Championship at Pittsburgh Jan. 23, 2005
WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON SETS CAREER-HIGH IN RUSHING ATTEMPTS
WR Cordarrelle Patterson set a single-game high with his 11 rushing attempts. His previous best was 10 rushing attempts last week at Buffalo.
GOSTKOWSKI CONTINUES STREAK OF SUCCESSFUL KICKS UNDER 50
K Stephen Gostkowski has now made 32 straight kicks of 49 yards or shorter after a 28-yarder in the second quarter, the second-longest active streak. Graham Gano of Carolina has a streak of 37. Gostkowski matched his career long streak of 32 set between December 7, 2014 to December 20, 2015.
WR JOSH GORDON HAS SECOND 100-YARD GAME WITH THE PATRIOTS
WR Josh Gordon had his 12th career 100-yard receiving game and his second with the Patriots after finishing with five receptions for 130 yards. He had four receptions for 100 yards in the win at Chicago on Oct. 21.
OL TED KARRAS MAKES FIRST START OF 2018;
FOURTH START OF CAREER AND SECOND START AT RIGHT GUARD
OL Ted Karras started at right guard in place of the injured Shaq Mason. It is his first start of the 2018 season, fourth start of his career and second start of his career at right guard. He started at right guard in his first NFL game at Arizona on Sept. 11, 2016. Last season he made two starts at center in place of an injured David Andrews, starting at Oakland on Nov. 19 and vs. Miami on Nov. 26.
OL MARCUS CANNON RETURNS TO ACTION
OL Marcus Cannon returned to action and the starting lineup after missing the last two games due to injury.
OL JAMES FERENTZ MAKES HIS DEBUT IN A NEW ENGLAND UNIFORM
OL James Ferentz was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and played in his first game in a New England uniform.
LB DONT’A HIGHTOWER RETURNS TO THE STARTING LINEUP
LB Dont’a Hightower returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous game due to injury.