So what did you miss most during the suspension, Tom? Clearly, sharpening his already prodigious passing skills.
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The Washington Redskins produced a strong defensive performance to beat the Baltimore Ravens 16-10 for a third straight win, while Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and helped himself to one on the ground as the Tennessee Titans snapped a two-game losing streak with a 30-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Brady completed 4-of-5 passes - the incompletion was a drop by running back James White - while leading the Patriots on a touchdown drive.
Sammie Coates caught six passes for a career-high 139 yards and two scores, including a 72-yard catch-and-run for a score on Pittsburgh's opening drive as the Steelers moved the ball at will against a secondary missing injured star Darrelle Revis.
He did it easily against the Browns (0-5), who didn't put up much of a fight and had the misfortune of being the first team on New England's schedule to face Brady following his suspension. Hogan flashed his impressive speed throughout the game, and finished the day with four receptions, and led the team with 114 receiving yards.
Then there was Martellus Bennett.
Crowell was limited to 22 yards on 13 carries (1.69 yards per carry) after averaging 98.5 yards per game and 6.46 yards per carry over the first four weeks of the season.
In Detroit, Matt Prater kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 remaining as the Lions, who gave away a 14-point lead, rallied to hand the Philadelphia Eagles their first defeat of the season, 24-23. Both teams are now 4-1 for the season. But Whitehurst limped off the field after hurting his knee in the fourth quarter, and the Browns went back to Pryor.
Through 5 games, Bennett has played like the best tight end in the league.
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A weaving 34-yard journey by Gronkowski set up the Blount touchdown, and the Patriots looked whole again. We take you by the numbers. He looked up at a group of fans behind the end zone and emphatically pumped his right arm once before beginning to warm up.
He interrupted his warmup throws - with fully inflated footballs, presumably - to chat with referee Bill Vinovich. Brady appeared to do most of the talking.
The Gronk-Bennett dynamic wasn't available to Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett in earnest when they filled in for Brady during the first four games.
So much for the notion that Brady might be rusty.
He also held several short conferences with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels during warmups before leaving a few moments before the rest of the Patriots headed back to the locker room.
Earlier, Brady spent his time working out in the corridors under the stadium while several teammates were on the field.
There may have been a rocky start to the year for the Patriots with Brady banned, but they are in a good position.
"The tight ends did a good job coming out of their shell when Tom Brady came back", said Browns cornerback Joe Haden.