Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The Patriots won 35-7, and it should have been more lopsided than that.
Sunday's victory, coupled with last week's 59-0 pulverization of the Tennessee Titans and next week's bye put the Patriots in an envious spot. They are atop the AFC East at 5-2 and have a week to get healthy.
The Patriots jumped to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter with a Brandon Meriweather interception return and two Tom Brady touchdown passes. That gave the Patriots 80 straight points, the seventh-greatest rally since the NFL-AFL merger.
Tampa Bay scored a touchdown late in the second half to end the streak and ruin New England's hopes to post back-to-back shutouts for only the second time in franchise history.
Brady looked comfortable in the pocket and completed 23 of 32 for 308 yards and three touchdowns. But he did toss two interceptions, including one in the end zone. Wes Welker was the preferred target, catching 10 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.