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Bolden breaks through

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Bolden breaks through

When a team scores 52 points in a game, you know the box score will be jam-packed with offensive goodness, and there's no shortage of that after yesterday's blowout in Buffalo.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, the Patriots became the first team since 1972 to score 45 points in the second half. They also became the first Pats team since 1980 to have a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game and only the second team in NFL history to have a pair of 100-yard rushers and a pair of 100-yard receivers in the same game.

They also ran for 200 yards between the tackles, which is the third most of any team in one game since 2008, and more than the Bills had given up in their first three games combined.

But of all the notable stats from Sunday, none was more enjoyable to watch unfold than Brandon Bolden's 137 rushing yards. It was an out-of-nowhere performance from the undrafted back from Ole Miss and the first 100-yard effort from a Pats rookie since 2008.

(Who was the last one to do it? That would be the Pats last undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who broke 100 yards on November 9, 2008 against, of all teams, the Bills.)

Anyway, if there's one thing we've learned from the early stages of the Josh McDaniels Era, Phase 2, it's to expect the unexpected in terms of the Patriots game plan. Just because Bolden was featured heavily against the Bills and had substantial success doesn't mean that he'll be featured heavily next week against the Broncos. For all we know, they'll roll out Shane Vereen against Denver while Bolden polishes his helmet on the sidelines.

But if there's one thing we learned specifically on Sunday, it's that if they want give Bolden the call, the kid will be more than ready, willing and able to answer. In the meantime, we all might want to start scouting the Ole Miss running backs corps. The Pats next break out rookie has to be in there somewhere.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Are Patriots' defensive problems solved?

0:41 - Tom Giles, Michael Holley, and Tom Curran react to the Patriots’ 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night and whether the Patriots deserve to be considered Super Bowl favorites.

6:09 - Is Johnson Bademosi an upgrade over Stephon Gilmore at cornerback for the Patriots? Michael Hurley joins BST to debate with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Kayce Smith. They also discuss the defense’s overall improvement in Sunday night’s win.

14:37 - NBC Sports Boston’s Red Sox insider Evan Drellich joins the show to talk about the Red Sox hiring Alex Cora to be their new manager, whether it was the right choice, and how his presence will affect the Red Sox clubhouse.

22:14 - Kayce Smith and Tom Curran discuss Kyrie Irving’s vulgar response to a Philadelphia fan yelling “Where’s LeBron?” at him on Friday night.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE