FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady started fast, finished strong and looked ordinary for a chunk in between.
The New England Patriots still won easily.
Brady threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns — two to Julian Edelman — and the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 36-7 on Thursday night to become the first of the NFL’s five unbeaten teams to reach seven wins.
Stephen Gostkowski broke Adam Vinatieri’s franchise record for consecutive field goals by connecting from 52 and 36 yards to make it 26 in a row. Rob Gronkowski had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Dion Lewis had 93 yards receiving and one score.
“It’s not simple,” Brady said. “A lot of guys working really hard to be on the same page.”
The loss was the first for Miami (3-4) under interim coach Dan Campbell. The Dolphins scored 82 points in wins over the lowly Titans and Texans in Campbell’s first two games after replacing Joe Philbin. But they were completely overmatched against the defending Super Bowl champions.
“You have to play good football in all three phases when you play the New England Patriots. They’ve always been that way,”…