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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 14: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Well, it’s virtually impossible to find anything wrong with that one.

We have a couple nitpicks on the Patriots from an otherwise dominating day at Gillette Stadium. This was a huge game for both the Patriots and Browns in terms of playoff positioning, and after a good opening drive by the Browns, the Pats took over and never let up. This was a total beatdown by the team with far better coaching.

After the Browns’ first, last and only touchdown in the first quarter, the Patriots scored 45 unanswered points and stymied the Browns on both sides of the ball. The defense flummoxed Baker Mayfield with pressure and tight coverage, and the offense executed perhaps its best game of the season. It was definitely the game of the year for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

So after an ass-kicking like that, it has to be mostly thumbs up. We have four “ups” and two minor “downs” to go over after the Patriots’ most impressive performance of the season.

Programming note: Next Ups & Downs come on Friday night, with the Patriots playing the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football.

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