The New England Patriots finished September an undefeated 4-0 by virtue of their 16-10 win over the Buffalo Bills. Despite the win, the game wasn't exactly a pretty one for the Patriots.
In particular, the team had issues moving the ball on offense. Tom Brady posted the worst passer rating of his career in a win, and after the game, he was self-critical when speaking about the performance of the offense.
"I think we’re all just trying to improve," Brady said to reporters after Sunday's game. "We did the best we can do and today was, you know, I think we can do better than that. So, try to do better next week, figure out all the things that they did well. They did a lot of things well, and I’m glad we won. Glad we’re 4-0."
The Bills were able to hold the Patriots to just the 16 points and held the Patriots to 224 total yards (the Bills had 375 yards during the contest). Of course, it's worth noting that the Bills ranked second in total defense to only the Patriots, coming into the game. So, as Brady pointed out, it wasn't necessarily a surprise that the team had their share of issues. But the team felt they could have done better.
"They force a lot of teams to struggle, and if we’re going to score more points, then we have to do a lot better job than we did today," Brady said. "We didn’t, so that’s just the way it goes."
In particular, Brady was focused on an interception he threw to Micah Hyde on the goal-line. He spoke of needing to "be smart" when faced with those situations.
"He made a really good play, and I just can’t let that happen,” Brady said. “Just be smart. You know, they do actually make a lot of those types of plays. This defense, they’re just, they have some secondary players that intercept the ball. And you know, you get a little careless and you think you got someone, and windows close pretty quick. You know, (Julian Edelman) beat his guy, and then he fell off and made a good play, and that was a bad play by me, so can’t afford to give away points like that. But our defense made up for it."
In his last three games against Buffalo, Brady has struggled overall, throwing for 600 total yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions while completing only 55.6 percent of his passes. Despite his personal struggles, the offense has averaged 21.7 points in those three games, all of which have been wins for the Patriots.
And that's what Brady will care the most about.
Brady and the offense will have a chance to get back on track in Week 5 when they travel to Landover, Maryland to take on the Washington Redskins (0-4). Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
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