What it means: The Patriots stand alone atop the AFC with an 8-2 record, a result of their smash-mouth victory and the Broncos’ road loss to the Rams. In the process, the Patriots proved that they can assert themselves on the road in a big game.
Game ball: Jonas Gray. The first-year running back from Notre Dame has been thrust into the team’s top “big back” role after Stevan Ridley tore his ACL on Oct.
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