The Patriots were able to rally back for a 29-26 overtime win against the Jets on Sunday, but the game still had a negative and familiar feeling for many Patriots fans.
Up 10 heading into the fourth quarter, the Patriots wound up giving up 13 straight points to the Jets before Tom Brady was able to lead drives for game-tying and game-winning field goals by Stephen Gostkowski. The win was a change, but the inability to close out a game with a late lead was reminiscent of their losses to Baltimore and Seattle. It’s been an issue of great frustration in New England and one Brady addressed in an interview with WEEI on Monday.
“We’re trying to do it. It’s not like you flip a switch. I don’t think that’s it. There’s 53 guys that are trying to do their best out there, and we’re just not doing our best. Hopefully we get to that point. That’s part of why we practice, why we meet and why we go to to work every day,” Brady said. “I wish it were that easy. And maybe there were times when it has looked that easy. But I think you appreciate it when it does work. And you realize the preparation that you put into it, that it pays off. Maybe we’ve just spoiled some people in the meantime. Because it’s hard to win, man. It’s really hard to win.”
The Patriots haven’t had a dominating stretch yet this season where it’s looked easy for them to win week after week and the offense definitely missed on some chances to take the suspense out of Sunday’s game, but the team is still 4-3 and on top of the AFC East. We recall hearing some similar conversations last season when losses to the Steelers and Giants dropped them to 5-3. They didn’t wind up losing again until the Super Bowl.
That’s not to say that this team is about to reel off a nine-game winning streak, but it’s probably best to hold of on assessments of what the team can or can’t do for a little while longer.