The Patriots hit the bye week at 7-3, and even though they did so coming off a disappointing loss, the first 10 games were filled with plenty of highlights for New England. The team shook off a 1-2 start and ripped off a six-game winning streak as the Patriots welcomed the return of Julian Edelman and the arrival of Josh Gordon as well.
Those two factored into plenty of big plays during the first 10 weeks, but they weren't alone. Along the way the Patriots enjoyed big moments on offense, defense and special teams – scoring touchdowns in all three phases along the way.
Obviously with the team in first place it's hard to limit the memorable plays to just a top 10 list but that's exactly what we've done. Check out the full list and highlights on these special plays.
But here on Patriots.com for Samsonite Make Your Case, we don't have the luxury of picking 10. We need to narrow down our choice to just one, so this week we ask: What was the top moment of the Patriots season thus far?
PFW's Andy Hart says ...
Cordarrelle Patterson's KR in Chicago
The Patriots had just completed a strong 3-0 home stand when they traveled to Chicago looking for their first road victory of the season. After a good start, turnovers helped the Bears jump out to a 17-7 lead in the second quarter and it looked like New England's road woes might continue.
That's when Cordarrelle Patterson came to the rescue. Following a Bears touchdown that stretched their lead to 10, Patterson took the ensuing kickoff at his own 5 and 17 seconds later the Patriots were right back in the game. Patterson took off upfield before cutting back across the middle and easily outracing kicker Cody Parkey down the right sideline.
He was so far in the clear that he had time to celebrate with J.C. Jackson as special teams captain Matthew Slater raised his fist following a key block that helped spring the play. The 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown completely changed the game and the Patriots eventually secured an important 38-31 win in Chicago.
PFW's Paul Perillo says ...
Josh Gordon's TD catch vs. Indy
It didn't take long for Josh Gordon to show signs that he might be an important addition to the Patriots offense. He made a couple of catches in his first game against the Dolphins, then in his second game with the team he delivered the knockout blow against the Colts.
New England seemed to be in command of their Thursday nighter against Indy but the Colts kept coming back. Andrew Luck appeared to seize momentum with a touchdown pass that made it 24-17 early in the fourth quarter. With plenty of time to go, the Patriots needed to mount a drive to thwart the comeback.
Enter Gordon, who made an incredible play that also became historic. Tom Brady scrambled around the pocket and couldn't find an open receiver when he decided to give Gordon a chance. He threw one between several defenders and watched Gordon make an incredible adjustment by slicing between the coverage and hauling in a 34-yard touchdown. It also was the 500th touchdown pass of Brady's career, and helped the Patriots record yet another victory.
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