Rapid Reaction: Patriots 23, Rams 16

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Two weeks ago, several precincts in Patriot Nation wanted to get a look at the rookie quarterback.

Matt Cassel was on the outs after getting waylaid by the San Diego Chargers in Week 6.

Two games later, all is well.

Cassel is conducting the offense of a team tied for first place in the AFC East after guiding the New England Patriots to 23-16 come-from-behind victory over the St. Louis Rams in Gillette Stadium.

Cassel was the AFC offensive player of the week for destroying the Denver Broncos on Monday night. He followed up with his first fourth-quarter comeback victory, hooking up with Kevin Faulk on a 15-yard touchdown play with 3:19 to go.

Tom Brady's vice president completed 21-of-33 passes for a career-high 267 yards and a touchdown. He found Randy Moss seven times for 102 yards.

Cassel did throw two interceptions and got sacked three times. But the Patriots are 5-2 and tied with the Buffalo Bills despite a slew of injuries. The Patriots played without any of their top three running backs Sunday.

For those of you who wrote off the Patriots, I hope you used a pencil. Time to break out your erasers.