Tom Brady: Patriots still ‘have a long way to go’
|10.29.12 at 1:07 pm ET|
Tom Brady called it a “fun” day. But to be fair, the 45-7 romp Sunday at Wembley was much more than that for the Patriots.
It was a much-needed day of foot-to-the-pedal offense that put the opponent away.
It was the kind of day that was missing in losses to the Seahawks and Ravens. In both of those games, the Patriots held commanding fourth-quarter leads, only to see the offense disappear and wins turn into losses.
But not on Sunday in London. The Patriots scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and the defense made adjustments to keep every play in front of them, thanks to a little more blitzing and pressure after a 50-yard TD bomb by Sam Bradford just five plays into the game.
“It feels good,” Brady said. “We’ve been close a few times but haven’t closed the deal. We’re playing the team today that beat the two teams we lost to. They got off to a good start. We countered and never looked back.”
The result was a win in which they produced 29 first downs and 473 yards of total offense. Now, the 5-3 Patriots, who landed safely back in Boston late Monday morning, can spend this week going over film with a good feeling before heading out for their bye weekend. They also know they’re in sole possession of first place in the AFC East, a half-game ahead of the 4-3 Dolphins.
“Well, we’ve got a long way to go,” said Brady, who was 23-of-35 for 304 yards, four touchdowns and a season-best 131.1 QB rating Sunday. “We’ve only played eight games. We certainly haven’t played our best football. Hopefully we can get some guys healthy, get back into the swing of things here with the bye week. Have a good practice on Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully start playing some good football here in the second half. We need to.”
Part of their goal will be to get more out of Brandon Lloyd, whose only two catches Sunday resulted in touchdowns. Brady said he believes in Lloyd, Deion Branch, Wes Welker – if healthy – and Julian Edelman.
“Well, I have a lot of confidence in Brandon,” Brady said. “He works his butt off. He goes out there every day to practice and works hard. But he made some really great plays tonight. Great job on the two touchdowns. Deion made plays, Wes made plays, Julian did, the running backs did. It was really a great team effort.”
After the bye, the Patriots play home games against the Bills and Colts before heading to MetLife Stadium for a Thanksgiving night date with the Jets. The Patriots will be favored in all three games and experts are already penciling them in for an 8-3 mark. But Brady’s been around long enough to know better than to start reading the schedule now.
“Coach says the season doesn’t start till after Thanksgiving and it isn’t even Halloween yet,” Brady said. “There’s a lot of games to be played, teams making improvements. I hope we’re one of the teams that continues to get better and uses the games we played, learn from those, move on from the bad things, get back to the stuff that’s working.”