Monday, October 21, 2013

Brady: 'Losing sucks, especially to the Jets'


For the second straight game, the New York Jets made New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady look pedestrian.

The Jets' defense kept Brady out of the end zone, intercepted him for a touchdown, sacked him four times and held him to a dismal 47.8 completion percentage Sunday in New York's 30-27 overtime victory. New England also converted on just one of 12 third down attempts.

"Nobody feels worse about the loss than me," Brady told WEEI Monday. "Losing sucks, and especially to the Jets."

New England had won the teams' last five meetings after splitting regular-season matchups in 2009 and 2010 and losing to Gang Green in the 2010 playoffs. Brady has lost to the Jets just six times since he became a starter in 2002.

That's in the past, but the Patriots' issues on offense aren't. Through seven weeks this season, the Patriots' passing attack has the league's fourth-lowest completion percentage and fourth-lowest first-down percentage.

Brady has preached all season that the defense, not the offense, has been responsible for the team's division-leading record. While that's not entirely true in every game, the Patriots have given up just 18.1 points per game to the offense's 21.7 scored per game.

“I’m working hard to be as consistent as I can be," Brady said. "Certainly, things aren’t perfect out there, and I’ve got to do better. When you’re 5-2 and you struggle on offense, obviously I’m not doing a good enough job."

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