FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns — two to Julian Edelman — and the Patriots routed the Dolphins 36-7 Thursday to become the first of the NFL's five unbeaten teams to reach seven wins.
Stephen Gostkowski broke Adam Vinatieri's franchise record for consecutive field goals, hitting from 52 and 36 yards to make it 26 in a row. Rob Gronkowski had 113 yards receiving and a touchdown, and Dion Lewis had 93 yards receiving and one score.
The loss was the first for Miami under interim coach Dan Campbell. The Dolphins scored 82 points in wins over the lowly Titans and Texans in Campbell's first two games after replacing Joe Philbin.
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Jason Pierre-Paul's return to the Giants came with a contract that will pay him significantly less guaranteed money than he would have received with the franchise tender offer he rejected, though the defensive end does have a chance to earn all that money back via incentives, media reports said. The former USF standout received $1.5 million guaranteed in base salary in his new deal. He signed the one-year contract Tuesday at a lower guaranteed base salary than the reported $14.8 million franchise tender originally on the table. But his new deal, which returned Pierre-Paul to the team after nearly four months away after his Fourth of July fireworks accident, comes with incentives and performance bonuses. If he hits those, he reportedly can earn up to $8.7 million, the prorated amount he would have earned had the Giants allowed him to sign the original tender. At practice Thursday, his second day with the team, he advanced from stretching and drills on the side with trainers to football reps with the team. Pierre-Paul showed no sign of being limited, not even with his right hand in a heavy white glove more than three months after he lost a finger and damaged parts of his right hand in the accident.
REPORT: COWBOYS RB MIGHT FACE SUSPENSION: Running back Joseph Randle is facing a possible NFL suspension over a domestic-violence incident that happened in February, ESPN reported, and the team said Randle left to deal with personal issues. Coach Jason Garrett said the personal issues are separate from any possible league discipline. He didn't give specifics. Randle already had been ruled out of Sunday's game with a back injury. Meanwhile, receiver Dez Bryant, out since fracturing his right foot during the season opener, said he had a great practice. He was listed as limited but did more than he had the previous day, including 11-on-11 work.
Browns: Starting quarterback Josh McCown (right shoulder) was limited in practice a day after not practicing, and Johnny Manziel continued to take the majority of snaps with the starting offense. If McCown can't play Sunday, Manziel will start.
Falcons: Receivers Leonard Hankerson and Nick Williams were held out of practice with hamstring injuries. If either can't go Sunday against the Bucs, rookie Justin Hardy could make his NFL debut.
49ers: With rumors of discord swirling around the 2-5 team, tight end Vernon Davis disputed reports that he called out quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a players-only meeting last month and that he and left tackle Joe Staley got into a locker room altercation earlier in the season. "Me, Kap, Joe are all on the same page," Davis said. "We're captains, we're leaders, so we have to stay together in order for things to happen."
Jets: Center Nick Mangold sat out practice for the second straight day with a sore neck but was still expected to play Sunday.
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger practiced fully for the second straight day, and offensive coordinator Todd Haley said the quarterback is expected to start Sunday.