James White Masterful Again
James White had another strong performance with seven catches for 92 yards and six rushes for 26 yards. On third and one in the first half with the Pats leading 7-0, Josh McDaniels chose to throw the ball and it was incomplete. The Pats probably should have handed the ball to White and they likely would have been up 14-0. White has been incredibly versatile for the Pats this year. Last week against the Jets, the Pats stopped White in the passing game only to have him rush for nine carries for 73 yards. With 988 all-purpose yards, White is just short of 1000 yards. MVP consideration is a stretch, but he is having a great year.
Pats Offense Spreads the Ball Around
Tom Brady, who now has 1000 career rushing yards after Sunday and tied Peyton Manning for most all-time touchdown passes (579) including playoffs, completed passes to nine different receivers.
"That is what we try to do," Cordarrelle Patterson said who had two catches for 53 yards.
Josh Gordon came alive in the second half with two catches on the Pats touchdown drive including the touchdown catch that made it 17-10. Gordon drew a pass interference penalty and had a catch inside the red zone on the Pats final touchdown drive that made it 24-10.
Gordon said he feels at home in New England. Jason McCourty, who played with Gordon in Cleveland, said he is used to Gordon making plays.
"That is what he has always done," McCourty said.
Notes: Pats inactives were Dwayne Allen, Keionta Davis, Derek Rivers, Duke Dawson, Keion Crossen, Danny Shelton and James Ferentz. Shelton has fallen out of favor with the strong inside play of Lawrence Guy and respectable inside play of Malcom Brown. Sony Michel played well with 17 carries for 63 yards. Rex Burkhead had only seven rushes for 20 yards in his return. Pats play the Dolphins next week in Miami.