PATRIOTS OFF TO A HOT START ONCE AGAIN
The Patriots have started the season with at least six wins in their first seven games for the eighth time in team history and for the sixth time under head coach Bill Belichick after the 27-16 win over Pittsburgh pushed the Patriots to a 6-1 start. The Patriots started the season 6-1 in 1974, 1980, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2016. In 2007, New England started the season 7-0 and in 2015 the Patriots started the season 10-0.
PATRIOTS ARE BEST ROAD TEAM SINCE 1994
Since the start of the 1994 season when Robert Kraft purchased the team, the Patriots have the best regular-season road record in the NFL. The Patriots are 3-0 in 2016 on the road.
*PATRIOTS START SEASON SEVEN STRAIGHT GAMES WITH NO INTS. *
The Patriots have yet to throw an interception in 2016 through the first seven games, setting a team mark to start a season. The old mark was in 2015 when the Patriots did not throw a pick in the first four games. The overall team record for most consecutive games without an interception is eight straight games, set in the second half of the 2010 season. The NFL record to start a season without an interception is nine games set by Cleveland in 1960. The Patriots join the 2008 Washington Redskins (8) and 1960 Browns (9) as the only teams with no interceptions through first seven games to start a season.
GRONK TIES STANLEY MORGAN FOR ALL-TIME TOUCHDOWN RECORD
TE Rob Gronkowski tied Stanley Morgan for the most touchdowns overall and most touchdown receptions in team history with his 36-yard score in the third quarter. He is now tied with Stanley Morgan with 68 total touchdowns and 67 touchdown receptions.
MOST CAREER TOUCHDOWNS BY A PATRIOTS PLAYERPlayer Touchdowns
1t. Rob Gronkowski 68 (67, rec, 1 rush)
1t. Stanley Morgan 68 (67 rec, 1 ret)
3. Ben Coates 50
4. Randy Moss 50
5. Sam Cunningham 49
6. Jim Nance 46
7. Tony Collins 44
MOST TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS BY A PATRIOTS PLAYERPlayer Touchdowns
1t. Rob Gronkowski 67
1t. Stanley Morgan 67
3. Ben Coates 50
3. Randy Moss 50
MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS BY A PATRIOTS TIGHT ENDPlayer TD Years
Rob Gronkowski 67 2010-Present
Ben Coates 50 1991-99
Russ Francis 28 1975-80, 87-88
Ben Watson 20 2004-09
GRONKOWKSI TO BRADY SHINES AGAIN
The 36-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski is the 66th touchdown connection between the two, the second most between a quarterback and a tight end in NFL history. The two are now in sole possession of seventh place all-time, breaking a tie with Jim Kelly and Andre Reed.
GRONK MOVES INTO 14TH PLACE IN RECEIVING YARDS AMONG TIGHT ENDS
Gronkowski entered the game in 16th place among NFL tight ends with 5,837 career yards and had 93 yards receiving to moved past Todd Heap (5,869) and Todd Christensen (5,872) into 14th place all-time with 5,930 receiving yards. Vernon Davis is in 13th place with 6,064 receiving yards.
BRADY INCHING CLOSER TO BECOMING THE ALL-TIME WINNINGEST QUARTERBACK
Brady won his 197th game overall, and needs four more wins to become the NFL's all-time leader.
BLOUNT SETS CAREER HIGH WITH EIGHT RUSHING TDS IN 2016
RB LeGarrette Blount scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for his seventh rushing touchdown of the season to match his career single-season high. He scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for his career-high eighth rushing touchdown of the season. His previous best was his seven rushing touchdowns in 2013 with the Patriots. He is on pace to finish the season with 18 rushing touchdowns. The Patriots record for most rushing touchdowns in a season is 14 by Curtis Martin in 1996 and 1995.
BLOUNT HAS THIRD 100-YARD GAME OF 201613TH 100-YARD GAME OF HIS CAREER
Blount had his third 100-yard game of the 2016 season after finishing with 127 yards rushing on 24 carries for a 5.3-yard average. It is his third 100-yard rushing game of the 2016 season and the 13th 100-yard game of his career. He had 123 yards rushing vs. Miami (9/18/16) and 105 yards rushing vs. Houston (9/22/16).
BLOUNT SCORES TWICE; SECOND TWO-TD DAY OF 2016
Blount scored on a 3-yard run and a 5-yard run for his second two-touchdown day of the 2016 and his eighth game of his career with two or more rushing touchdowns. He also scored two rushing touchdowns vs. Houston on Sept. 22, 2016. His career-best is three rushing touchdowns vs. Jacksonville on Sept. 27, 2015.
CB MALCOLM BUTLER RECORDS FIRST INT. OF THE 2016 SEASON
CB Malcolm Butler picked off a QB Landry Jones pass in the end zone in the first quarter to end a Pittsburgh scoring threat. In 2015, Butler had two interceptions.
S PATRICK CHUNG LEADS TEAM WITH 10 TACKLES
S Patrick Chung led the team with 10 total tackles. It marked his eighth career game with 10 or more tackles.
LB JAMIE COLLINS RETURNS TO ACTION
LB Jamie Collins returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous game with an injury. He finished with eight total tackles.
RB BRANDON BOLDEN RETURNS
RB Brandon Bolden returned to action after missing the previous two games due to injury.
ANTHONY JOHNSON MAKES FIRST NFL START
DL Anthony Johnson made his first NFL start.
DB ERIC ROWE MADE HIS START WITH THE PATRIOTS
DB Eric Rowe made his first start as a member of the Patriots at cornerback in place of Logan Ryan.
LB SHEA MCCLELLIN RETURNS TO ACTION
LB Shea McClellin returned to action after missing the last two games due to injury.