New England Patriots defeat Washington Redskins, 52-7

FOXBOROUGH - For a team that has rampaged through its first eight games and was coming off a 52-7 victory over the Redskins yesterday, the words seemed a bit misplaced.

Rodney Harrison, your thoughts on the Patriots' next opponent, the Indianapolis Colts?

"They're the best team in football," he said. "They're the world champs, and they're the best until you basically dethrone them."

The buildup for one of the NFL's most anticipated regular-season games in recent h...

FOXBOROUGH - Pity the poor scoreboard operator next Sunday at the RCA Dome. He might end up with carpal tunnel syndrome by the time the Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts are done dueling on the carpet.

That might be the only thing that can stop the Patriots from putting points on the board. For the second straight week New England turned an NFL game into a glorified scrimmage, decimating the Washington Redskins, 52-7, yesterday at Gillette Stadium in front of 68,756 f...

FOXBOROUGH - They are a prideful group and felt as if the last two games were not reflective of their potential. They had watched their own offense carve up the opposition and, in turn, lost their own edge.

So with arguably the most anticipated regular-season game in recent memory on the schedule next week - a date with the undefeated Colts in Indianapolis - members of the Patriots' defense vowed to return to form yesterday against the Redskins.

And while a late Reds...

FOXBOROUGH - Laurence Maroney, it seems, is recovered from the groin injury that kept him out of action for three weeks.

Yesterday against Washington, Maroney showed burst, explosiveness, and patience in leading a solid Patriots ground effort. New England's offense and defense ran all over the Redskins in a 52-7 rout at Gillette Stadium.

Maroney carried 14 times for 75 yards, including back-to-back runs of 11 and 13 yards on the Patriots' first possession.

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