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Brady: Team focused on Jets, not Gronkowski

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Brady: Team focused on Jets, not Gronkowski

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady knows exactly what he'll be missing Thursday night.

"There's only one Rob Gronkowski," he said of the injured tight end. "There's only one of those in the league."

But the quarterback's Tuesday message was clear: New England will carry on.

"Other guys just have to step into that spot and do a job, that's what it comes down to," he said. "That's football and every team deals with it at one point or another. He's a tough guy to replace, but that's what we need to do."

Though "replace" was the word Brady chose, it's not quite what he meant. Other Patriots players will play the position, swapping body-for-body, but nobody is expecting Gronkowski's production to be replicated exactly.

For the record, he had six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns the last time New England faced the Jets.

Brady pointed out that different tight ends have different strengths and weaknesses. It's his job as quarterback to elevate the strengths.

"You know the guys that are going to be in there playing that roll -- Visanthe Shiancoe, and Michael Hoomanawanui, and Daniel Fells -- they have to go out there and do the best they can do. That's why they're on the team, that's why we have 53 guys on the roster so everybody can contribute in one way or another."

That's where the book closed on Gronkowski. Brady diverted every other question about the tight end back to New England's next game.

With such a short week, there's simply no time to think about anything else.

"I just, honestly . . . I've been thinking about the Jets," he said with a smile. "I haven't been thinking about when he's coming back. He's not playing this week, so we've got to go out there and win without him. There's a lot of guys that are capable of making plays for us, and that's where my attention is focused -- on the guys that are going to try to help us win this game."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

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