Patriots make it look easy, destroy Cowboys

There's no slowing down the New England Patriots.

About the only people not particularly impressed by New England's 48-27 rout of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday were the ones wearing Patriots uniforms. To everybody else, it was vivid proof that the unbeaten Pats are the class of the league right now.

"The reality is we got a win on the road and we're 6-0. That's what is important," Tom Brady said after another record-setting performance. "Any time you win you're doing just fine. It's another step in the process. We have to continue to make improvements."

Brady threw a career-high five touchdown passes in handing the Cowboys their first loss in six games. He went 31-of-46 for 388 yards. His five TDs tied a franchise record and gave him an NFL mark with at least three in each of the first six games of the season. He has an NFL-best 21 this year; the league record is 49 by Peyton Manning.

Patriots 48, Cowboys 27

Even with Brady's heroics, the game at Texas Stadium was tight until Donte' Stallworth went 69 yards with one of the quarterback's precise throws. It catapulted the Patriots to their sixth straight blowout win and their highest point total this season. New England also gave up its most points of the season and trailed in the second half for the first time.

Wes Welker caught 11 passes for a career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns. Stallworth had seven catches for 136 yards.

The Cowboys were hurt by their continuing trend of slow starts and by racking up 12 penalties.

"It's almost a blessing in disguise," cornerback Terence Newman said. "It's the sixth game of the season, not even halfway done yet. So that just gives us incentive to work that much harder."

Packers 17, Redskins 14

At Green Bay, Wis., Charles Woodson returned a fumble 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown in soggy conditions on a day when Brett Favre set the NFL record for career interceptions.

Vikings 34, Bears 31

At Chicago, Adrian Peterson, the first running back taken in this year's draft, had 224 yards rushing on 20 carries and scored on runs of 67, 73 and 35 yards. He broke Chuck Foreman's club-record of 200 yards rushing set in 1976.

Bucs 13, Titans 10

At Tampa, Fla., Matt Bryant's 43-yard field goal with 11 seconds remaining won it.

Jaguars 37, Texans 17

At Jacksonville, Fla., Maurice Jones-Drew had 260 all-purpose yards and David Garrard threw two touchdown passes as the Jaguars (4-1) won their fourth straight.

Panthers 25, Cardinals 10

Vinny Testaverde, signed during the week, hit Steve Smith for a 65-yard touchdown pass and DeAngelo Williams ran for 121 yards and a touchdown. John Kasay kicked four field goals for Carolina (4-2).

Chargers 28, Raiders 14

LaDainian Tomlinson matched his career high with four touchdowns, rushing for 198 yards on 24 carries and leading host San Diego to its eighth straight win over the Raiders (2-3).

Tomlinson scored on runs of 3, 27, 13 and 41 yards to move past John Riggins for fifth on the all-time TDs rushing list with 106. It was the third time the reigning NFL MVP rushed for four touchdowns in a game, and the fifth time overall he's scored four times.

The defending AFC West champion Chargers (3-3) pulled into a tie atop the division with Kansas City.

Chiefs 27, Bengals 20

Tony Gonzalez set the NFL record for touchdown catches by a tight end. Gonzalez, the eight-time Pro Bowler, caught Damon Huard's 3-yard pass in the first quarter and broke Shannon Sharpe's record of 62 TD catches. Then, Gonzalez snared a 26-yard scoring pass from Huard in the fourth period and wound up with 102 yards receiving.

Ravens 22, Rams —

At Baltimore, the Ravens (4-2) forced Rams QB Gus Frerotte into six turnovers and Matt Stover kicked five field goals. Willis McGahee had a 6-yard touchdown run.

Eagles 16, Jets 9

Donovan McNabb threw for 278 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis. Brian Westbrook ran for 120 yards, and David Akers kicked three field goals as the Eagles (2-3) improved to 8-0 all-time against the Jets (1-5). The Eagles are 9-0 in games after the bye under coach Andy Reid.

Saints 28, Seahawks 17

At Seattle, Reggie Bush gained 141 yards, Drew Brees threw for 246 and receiver David Patten had eight catches for 113 yards, lifting the Saints to their first victory.

It was a breakout day for New Orleans (1-4), which hadn't scored more than 14 points in four dispiriting losses that brought back chilling memories of the 'Aints of days past. In this one, the Saints had three touchdowns by the middle of the second quarter.

Browns 41, Dolphins 31

Clevleand handed visiting Miami its franchise-record ninth consecutive loss. The Browns (3-3) scored on three of their first four possessions to go up 17-3 before Leigh Bodden intercepted Cleo Lemon's pass. Derek Anderson turned it into a 24-yard touchdown throw to Braylon Edwards on the next play.

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