The Patriots may have gotten the win Sunday and improved to 4-0 against the Bills but Tom Brady had a day to forget.
He completed 18-of-39 passes (46.2 percent) for 150 yards, zero touchdowns and one bad interception in the red zone. He was under pressure most of the game and the offense had to grind out everything it got against a stout Bills defense.
Brady's quarterback rating for the day was 45.9 which is the worst rating he's ever had in his storied career and the fifth-worst rating he's posted when he's played an entire game. It was also his worst rating since 2006 in a 27-20 Week 9 loss against the Colts.
The numbers he had throwing to his wide receivers were especially dreadful. Brady targeted his receivers 23 times on Sunday but completed just nine of those throws for 86 yards, which is good for a 32.2 quarterback rating. James White was New England's leading receiver with eight receptions for 57 yards.
Recently, the Buffalo defense has given Brady quite a bit of trouble. The last time Brady played the Bills they held him to 126 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a 48.3 quarterback rating.
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Brady tortured the Bills for years, but they are certainly doing something right over the last two meetings. Fortunately for Brady, he had one of the NFL's best defenses backing him up on Sunday. The defense picked off Josh Allen three times, Matt Barkley once and the special teams unit blocked a punt for a touchdown as well.
Football's a team game, so while Brady will want to quickly forget his performance in this one, he can point toward his elite defense and always solid special teams squad as the reason is team remains undefeated.
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