NFL Reactions: Week 10

NFL Reactions: Week 10

This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.

On a day when we watched Tom Brady and the Buccaneers lose to the Washington Football Team, it's fair to question … Are the Patriots back?

While Brady and the Buccaneers are on a two-game losing streak, dropping games to Trevor Siemian and Taylor Heinicke, New England has won four straight. If the ball bounced their way in close games against the Cowboys and the Buccaneers, it could've been six consecutive wins. Nonetheless, the Patriots will enter a Week 11 matchup with the Falcons touting a 6-4 record, which likely will be 7-4 after Atlanta.

Sunday's game against the Browns was a huge statement victory for the new-look Patriots, led by rookie Mac Jones, a strong running game and a top-tier defense. The 45-7 win over Cleveland should serve as a warning to the rest of the league: Don't sleep on the Patriots.

In a blink of an eye, New England has matched the Bills in wins, as both teams sit atop the AFC East. It's realistic to think that by year's end, especially with two games still ahead against Buffalo, New England could win the division and host a playoff game this year. Few would have bet on that at the beginning of the season, but my guess is that's exactly how Bill Belichick likes it.

Mac Jones isn't the Tom Brady we know now, but in fairness, neither was Brady when he started out with the Patriots. Brady did just enough to win in those early

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Joe Daley
Joe Daley is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan from Connecticut. Beyond his family, Joe's biggest passions are writing and fantasy football. The ability to marry those two things together is an absolute dream.
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