As you may have heard, Tom Brady returns to Gillette Stadium for the first time as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.
Devin McCourty, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career as Brady's teammate with the New England Patriots, offered a grim dose of reality when asked about the homecoming after a 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
"We're not good enough to get lost in headlines," McCourty said. "Can't worry about anything else."
The Patriots are 1-2 on the season, their lone win over the woeful New York Jets, and still winless at Gillette Stadium -- a venue where a Brady-led team never dropped its first two contests.
New England is still doing alright defending the pass -- none of the first three quarterbacks it's faced have thrown for more than 210 yards -- but entering Sunday, Brady was off to arguably the best two-game start of his career with nine touchdown passes against two interceptions, completing 65.3% of his passes for 655 yards.