Tom Brady called it a "bummer" that New England was catching the Dallas Cowboys when they were missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.
The star quarterback for the Patriots didn't say it was a letdown, though. Big difference.
"This team could easily be 4-0," Brady said of the Cowboys (2-2), who instead have lost both full games without Romo and Bryant.
The 38-year-old Brady is off to one of his best starts in his 16th season, the only quarterback besides Peyton Manning to have at least 1,110 yards passing and nine touchdowns without an interception in his first three games.
The Cowboys are just trying to find a way to win without Romo, who will miss at least four more games after this one with a broken left collarbone. Brandon Weeden is making his third start in Romo's place, and has a personal 10-game losing streak that goes back to his time in Cleveland.
While Romo lost Bryant to a broken right foot in the opener before sustaining his injury a week later, Brady and high-scoring favorite target Rob Gronkowski are at it again. They've connected on four touchdowns through three games for the league's top offense in yardage and points. New England's 88 first downs through three games are the most in NFL history.
"They've had a lot of success for a long time. And there is a reason for that," Dallas tight end Jason Witten said. "I don't think you focus on last year. We respect them because of what we see the last three Sundays they played. And they're a really good football team."