By Danny Picard
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FOXBORO --@font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Patriots took part in their first padded practicesession of training camp on Thursday afternoon. It was their second session ofthe day, but the first was nothing more than a walkthrough.
The players took the field for two-and-a-half hours inhelmets, shoulder pads, and shorts.
The session began with some light sideline-to-sidelinejogging, followed by a mix of drills for each unit.
It got exciting when the Pats began their 7-on-7 drills,pitting defensive backs up against the quarterbacks and their receivers. It wasin these 7-on-7 drills that fans were excited to see wide receivers TyreeBarnes, Taylor Price, and Brandon Tate each make nice sideline catches onsomewhat overthrown balls.
With special teams mixed in, the Patriots continued 7-on-7drills until they extended to a full out 11-on-11.
Kyle Arrington, Logan Mankins, Nick Kaczur, Alge Crumpler,BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Myron Pryor, Nate Solder, Ryan Mallett, Shane Vereen,Ras-I Dowling, and Marcus Cannon were all absent from the practice field.
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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.
Charlie Weis shares the text he sent to Tom Brady during the middle of the third quarter of today's game.