Brady passes for 406 yards in return for Patriots

CLEVELAND (AP) - Tom Brady, looking razor-sharp at times and relatively rust-free after serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension, passed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett in his hyped return and the New England Patriots thumped the Cleveland Browns 33-13 on Sunday.
Brady was back - much to the relief of teammates and New England fans everywhere - following a ban for his role in the scandal in which an NFL investigation found the Patriots under-inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.
He took out some of that built-up frustration on the Browns (0-5), throwing for 271 yards in the first half, as the Patriots (4-1) rebounded after being shut out last week at home by Buffalo.
Brady threw two short TD passes in the first half to Bennett before hooking up with his new teammate again on a 37-yarder to give the Patriots a 30-7 lead in the third quarter.
LeGarrette Blount added a 1-yard score for the Patriots.
Brady completed his first pass to his favorite target, Edelman, and he connected twice on New England's opening drive with Gronkowski, who sidestepped a couple of tacklers and looked like the indomitable "Gronk" as he bulled his way to the Cleveland 1 before Blount scored.
Brady went 4 of 5 - the incompletion was dropped - on the Patriots' opening drive and he was efficient on the second, which ended with his 7-yard TD pass to Bennett.
Patriots rookie cornerback Cyrus Jones was ejected in the third quarter for unsportsmanlike conduct.
A second-round pick from Alabama, Jones got tangled with Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on the opposite side of the field. The pair had jawed at each other on several earlier plays.
The Patriots held the NFL's top rushing team to 27 yards on 22 carries. Cleveland came in leading the NFL with 149.3 yards rushing.

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