Patriots

An NCAA violation waiting to happen

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An NCAA violation waiting to happen

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

At first I questioned why a firm would e-mail this video, suggesting it "might be of interest for me to post on my outlet's web site."

CSNNE.com interested in college prep videos? Pssh.

But that's shortsighted, italicized thinking. Of course college students love sports and read this blog. Those procrastinators need all the help they can get when it comes to stocking dorm rooms.

But it better stop at regular students. Division I student athletes could be in big trouble by watching this FREE webisode. Because anything free is an NCAA violation: "loans," cars, jewelry, hot dogs.

So if you're a student athlete, might as well report yourself to the compliance office right now.

P.S. Pretty proud I didn't make any jokes about dust mites being the least of collegiate mattress-related priorities.

P.P.S. Dang it.

Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

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Game notes: Patriots tie Browns for second-longest streak of .500-or-better seasons

Notes from the Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Raiders in Mexico City . . . 

-- New England is now 8-2 and is guaranteed to have a .500 or better record for the 17th consecutive season, tying the 1957-73 Browns for the second-longest streak in NFL history. The record is 21, held by the 1965-85 Cowboys. The Pats last had a losing season in 2000, when they were 5-11 in Bill Belichick's first season in New England.

PATRIOTS 33, RAIDERS 8

-- The Patriots have now won 13 straight road games, setting a franchise record. They remain in second place on the NFL all-time list, behind the 18 straight road games won by the 1988-90 49ers.

-- Tom Brady completed 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 339 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 131.9 passer rating. Brady has 82 career games with at least 300 passing yards and is the only player in NFL history to record a 300-yard passing game in three different countries (United States, United Kingdom and Mexico). Brady is also the first player to have a game with at least three passing touchdowns in three different countries.

-- The Pats are now 3-0 in international games, and have outscored their opponents by a combined 113-22 score in those games. 

-- Stephen Gostkowski scored 15 points on four field goals and three PATs and moved into the top 20 on the all-time NFL scoring list.

-- Gostkowski set a franchise record for longest field goal, 62 yards, in the light air of Mexico City.