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Tom Brady: We’re in a decent place right now

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 16:  Tom Brady #12 reacts in the second half in game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played his first home game of the 2016 season on Sunday and, much like his first road game, it looked like he was right back in the saddle after his delayed start to the season.

Brady and the Patriots took a bit of time to get rolling offensively — it was 10-7 at the half and they trailed 14-10 in the third quarter — but they were all but impossible for the Bengals to stop once they did. Brady was 29-of-35 for 376 yards and three touchdowns by the time the game came to an end and he became the fourth quarterback in history with 5,000 completions.

Brady said it was “a great crowd” welcoming him back to Gillette Stadium and said his offensive unit is an “exceptional group” while still finding room for improvement.

“Well, I can do some things better out there and I think offensively, we can too, but it’s good to be 5-1,” Brady said. “I think we’re at a decent place, so we’ve just got to keep stringing these games together. There’s a ton of football left. It’s a good defense we played today. They made it challenging on us, but we’re trying to figure out what we’re made of, and it was good to get going there in the second half.”

Brady said he was rusty after throwing for more than 400 yards in Week Five against the Browns, although any rust clearly is not in the area of understatement about how he and his team is performing.

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51 Responses to “Tom Brady: We’re in a decent place right now”
  1. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:05 PM

    GOAT

  2. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Oct 16, 2016 7:20 PM

    The Patriots should be the overwhelming favorites to go to the SB from the AFC.

  3. dansardo says: Oct 16, 2016 7:21 PM

    Steeler fans be dreading what is going to happen to their team next week. Absolutely dreading

  4. justsayin70 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:27 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:20 PM
    The Patriots should be the overwhelming favorites to go to the SB from the AFC.

    ————–
    Just like last year, right?

    As TB said there’s a LOT of football left – a lot can happen, such as untimely injuries. I wouldn’t be penciling the patriots into SB51 just yet – it’s FAR too early for that kind of nonsense.

  5. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:32 PM

    TomBrady 2 games back: 57 of 75, 76%, 782 yards, 10.4 YPA, 6 TD, 0 INT, 135.5 rating, 2-0 record

    What’s the excuse crybabies?

  6. jchipwood says: Oct 16, 2016 7:33 PM

    Where can I get some of that sweet NFL Films apparel they used to fool the NFL for so many years?

  7. nepatriot1 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:35 PM

    justsayin70 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:27 PM
    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:20 PM
    The Patriots should be the overwhelming favorites to go to the SB from the AFC.

    ————–
    Just like last year, right?

    As TB said there’s a LOT of football left – a lot can happen, such as untimely injuries. I wouldn’t be penciling the patriots into SB51 just yet – it’s FAR too early for that kind of nonsense.
    ————–
    Yes, just like last year. They were far and away the best team in the league and would have easily taken their 5th Lombardi if they hadn’t been absolutely crushed with injuries.

  8. jchipwood says: Oct 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    Patriot fans hate Goodell but who’s behind his big salary? It’s Kraft right? Weird huh? Panthers had their turn now it’s the Falcons turn to experience success but aren’t all three of their owners in charge of Goodell salary? Weird again right? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

  9. section310 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    TB12 is the Greatest of All Time – Period!

    Pittsburg is going to be tough next week. I still have memories of ’05, Big Ben’s rookie year. Pittsburg is a tough place to play. That said, Go Pats!

  10. 6ball says: Oct 16, 2016 7:37 PM

    .
    @patsfan (withfakescreenname)

    The season is 6 weeks old. There’s 12 regular season games and at least 2 playoff games to be played prior to the Super Bowl. There’s not one actual Patriots fan that thinks a 5 win season is anything to write home about. Currently, that’s all they have.
    .

  11. alcondragonblog says: Oct 16, 2016 7:40 PM

    Instead of crying about Brady, Hating Brady, Whishing Brady dead or hit by a bus….
    How about waking up and realizing this is a modern day Extreme Athlete, one of the best ever to play the game, and enjoy watching what this guy can do….
    When Brady is gone and retired, there are no super great qb’s to watch. Until Jimmy G is the next man up and not traded away!
    Enjoy what you have while you’ve got it, because once Brady is gone, all we have left is the rest of the NFL. And that means it will be time to watch Women’s Roller Derby!
    Big Ben down! Hope it’s not serious!
    Look out for Sexi Rexi and his Bills!
    Enjoy the upcoming week everyone!

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Oct 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    More like the greatest cheat of all time.

    Lol at the person who said how if they were healthy they would have won last year. Denver owned them.

  13. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 16, 2016 7:45 PM

    Didn’t some Patriot Hater predict 7-9?
    😀

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:50 PM

    Tip of the hat to Miami and KC, the Pats now sit alone atop the AFC

  15. gtrav says: Oct 16, 2016 7:55 PM

    derpy derp tim brody must be usign under-inflated fotballs bc he is an system QB and he cant win without cheeting

  16. osyrus1971 says: Oct 16, 2016 7:56 PM

    Great win for my Pats! But as we all know, lor’s of football left to play. It’s not how you play in October, but rather, how you play going into December that dictates your success. We’re on to Pittsburgh. It’s gonna be a tough game. Big Ben doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

  17. unoduotres says: Oct 16, 2016 8:00 PM

    Chipwood,

    Send your question to :
    NFL Films Apparel, NFL HQS
    Attn: Queries / Roger Goodwill
    345 Park Ave.
    New York , NY

  18. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:01 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:44 PM
    More like the greatest cheat of all time.

    Lol at the person who said how if they were healthy they would have won last year. Denver owned them.

    Yeah they were “owned” so much by Denver that the 2 point game came down to the final play.

    #crybaby

  19. limakey says: Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM

    Brady is just another sad example of an icon who crossed the line between competive of edge and cheating. He knew the difference and he crossed the line any way. He chose to cheat. he was stunned that he was smacked down by the NFL. As Pats fans see it, he should have gotten away with it because he doesn’t beat his wife or kids.

  20. bucsorbust says: Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM

    Tom Brady will always have an asterick next to his name in the record books that says “* Cheated his fellow players and the game.

  21. pats14 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:03 PM

    Just another average game for the GOAT.

  22. lemmetalkwouldya says: Oct 16, 2016 8:05 PM

    gtrav says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:55 PM

    derpy derp tim brody must be usign under-inflated fotballs bc he is an system QB and he cant win without cheeting
    ——————————————————-
    Translate?

    Not many of us speak Lithuanian

  23. laukkanen5 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:06 PM

    steelers were awful today. I want those 3 hours of my life back..
    Steelers will be ready to play…

    will Ryan “good for 3 games a year” Shazier play….his act is getting old…Senquez Golson is 2 for 2, 2 yrs, zero plays on field in each. Bud Dupree on IR. we are nailing the drafting fragile players part well..

    the Steelers get ZERO pressure on qb, that is gonna play out well next week…Brady will get over 400 yds with this eyes closed

  24. plum54 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:08 PM

    Wow, the usual science deniers posting on a Pat’s article (as usual). I would be embarrassed to admit I still didn’t know cold weather causes pressure in footballs to drop.

  25. laukkanen5 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:09 PM

    Mike “i lose to 1 to 2 games to bad teams a year” Tomlin showed his ugly head again today…..

    Keith Butler- in over his head…our d couldn’t sack Roseanne Barr at qb….

    Jarvis- BUST, Wheaton- see ya . this team is so jekyl and hyde….i give us 1% chance next week.

  26. skawh says: Oct 16, 2016 8:15 PM

    TB: In other words, I’m still cheating

  27. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:15 PM

    bucsorbust says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM
    Tom Brady will always have an asterick next to his name in the record books that says “* Cheated his fellow players and the game.

    Yeah, it was dumb the first time you posted this comment earlier today

    It’s still dumb

  28. nepatriot1 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:16 PM

    limakey says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM
    Brady is just another sad example of an icon who crossed the line between competive of edge and cheating. He knew the difference and he crossed the line any way. He chose to cheat. he was stunned that he was smacked down by the NFL. As Pats fans see it, he should have gotten away with it because he doesn’t beat his wife or kids.
    —————————
    Not sure who the Patriots fans are that told he should have gotten away with it because he doesn’t beat his wife or kids.
    This Patriots fan thinks he should have gotten away with it because nothing happened. Any reasonable person knows this by now if they made it by third grade science. Goodell not releasing the pressure vs. temperature data from last year is another reason I know he didn’t do anything. I’m also aware that the Colts balls were below pressure that day and there has been no which hunt to suspend Luck. All of which points to a few jealous butt hurt teams that can’t take the Patriots dominating them year in and year out.. The Ravens have been tough, but the courts are a doormat.

  29. The Truth says: Oct 16, 2016 8:21 PM

    So you weigh in at the end of the day as a fan watching the game and wonder about integrity. The bungles ( who are brutal) are playing lights out and dominating the patsies get an absolute PHANTOM defensive holding call against them towards the end of the half that turns the game around and then you fast forward to the falcons seahawks game when the falcons 4th down pass was ruled incomplete when sherman grabbed his jersey and spun him well before the ball got there. With ratings down can’t afford to havenpatsies and seahawksz struggling

  30. billsbackto81 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:22 PM

    Flash1287 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:32 PM
    TomBrady 2 games back: 57 of 75, 76%, 782 yards, 10.4 YPA, 6 TD, 0 INT, 135.5 rating, 2-0 record
    What’s the excuse crybabies?
    —————————————————-

    UH? Cleveland and Cincy!!!

  31. weepingjebus says: Oct 16, 2016 8:26 PM

    Goodell and Grigson will be out of the league before Brady. This is his vow.

  32. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:27 PM

    Sad day for the supertroll.

    At least it keeps busy signing in to PFT with multiple screen names.

    Isn’t it pathetic?

  33. 8oneanddones says: Oct 16, 2016 8:33 PM

    If they stay healthy, New England will be right there in January, especially if Dion Lewis comes back and produces.

  34. Flash1287 says: Oct 16, 2016 8:46 PM

    The Truth says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:21 PM
    So you weigh in at the end of the day as a fan watching the game and wonder about integrity. The bungles ( who are brutal) are playing lights out and dominating the patsies get an absolute PHANTOM defensive holding call against them towards the end of the half that turns the game around and then you fast forward to the falcons seahawks game when the falcons 4th down pass was ruled incomplete when sherman grabbed his jersey and spun him well before the ball got there. With ratings down can’t afford to havenpatsies and seahawksz struggling

    So did you comment when the Bengals got a “PHANTOM” hands to the face penalty on 3rd down that kept that drive alive ultimately to see them go for it on 4th down and come away with 0?

    Or do you just cry because it’s the Patriots?

  35. illegalact says: Oct 16, 2016 8:54 PM

    Call the Pats cheats pls. Oh and pls be jealous as all hell pls! I love when other fans loathe the Pats winning ways! Pls continue to hate and chirp! What Tom will do is keep winning at life basically as will the Pats!

  36. buffalo75vette says: Oct 16, 2016 8:54 PM

    As a Buffalo fan, I am so sick of hearing about ball air pressure. The NFL could fix this problem in a heartbeat. Fill the balls with nitrogen. And you can throw the cold weather condition out the window. Why can’t everyone other than Pat fans just admit the TB is the best at what he does at this time. Maybe down the road it will be someone else, but as of today….You all know it in your hearts

  37. ikeclanton says: Oct 16, 2016 8:59 PM

    limakey says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM
    Brady is just another sad example of an icon who crossed the line between competive of edge and cheating. He knew the difference and he crossed the line any way. He chose to cheat. he was stunned that he was smacked down by the NFL. As Pats fans see it, he should have gotten away with it because he doesn’t beat his wife or kids.

    ——————–

    I still don’t see how “cheating” is liking your footballs on the lighter side of the legal range. I guess Andrew Luck likes them that way too, because after cold weather affected the Colts balls as well, 3 out of 4 were in the same range as the Patriots balls. He must be “cheating” too, right?

    One thing I’m positive of–the 2015 PSI data that the league wouldn’t release proves unequivocally that all 32 teams were also “cheating” with a spritz of PSI here or there.

    Give it up already–Brady must have beaten your team (whatever it is) pretty badly over the years to have this much of a grudge and troll as hard as you have. He’s the best you’ve ever seen, and it’s ok for you to admit it.

  38. rollsieboys says: Oct 16, 2016 10:29 PM

    the quest for the 5th continues.

    this one will be for the middle finger.

    and as fraud-ger hands the lombardi to kraft, i want brady to stare a burning, gaping hole in him.

  39. sjl1970 says: Oct 16, 2016 11:53 PM

    *your

  40. guypatsfan says: Oct 17, 2016 7:09 AM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    More like the greatest cheat of all time.

    Lol at the person who said how if they were healthy they would have won last year. Denver owned them.

    ———————————————————————————-
    vancouversportsbro, the biggest troll there is. I’d change my name if I were you, since Vancouver is a city of losers. Still sore from the Bruins beating down your Canucks and the Sedin Sisters, bro?

  41. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 17, 2016 7:55 AM

    Next week after Brady goes off again: “Its only Pittsburgh without Ben”🙂

    That’s ok in the Super Bowl you dopes can say it was only the NFC champs.
    🙂

  42. alcottclan235 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:06 AM

    jchipwood says:

    Oct 16, 2016 7:33 PM
    Where can I get some of that sweet NFL Films apparel they used to fool the NFL for so many years?
    _________________________________________

    Look who stuck his head up out of the manhole cover! It’s Chippy the Pats hating Dolphins fan. Must feel pretty good to finally win a game. So good in fact, that he came on to spout some esoteric nonsense about NFL films apparel. That’s what happens when Bill and TB live inside your head. No room for much rational thought.

    Welcome back Chippy. We missed our favorite tackling dummy.

  43. alcottclan235 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:13 AM

    jchipwood says:

    Oct 16, 2016 7:36 PM
    Patriot fans hate Goodell but who’s behind his big salary? It’s Kraft right? Weird huh? Panthers had their turn now it’s the Falcons turn to experience success but aren’t all three of their owners in charge of Goodell salary? Weird again right? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.
    _________________________________________

    That would make sense ( not ) except that the the Falcons and Panthers are good once every 20 years, and the Pats have been great FOR 20 years.

    But let’s entertain your delusion. Maybe you should get your guy on that committee? Then you can have your star QB ( if you had one ) slandered, conspired against, lied about etc, and suspended for 4 games. You could also lose a #1 draft pick, be fined $1m etc. Sounds like a good idea to me.

  44. alcottclan235 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:18 AM

    vancouversportsbro says:

    Oct 16, 2016 7:44 PM
    More like the greatest cheat of all time.

    Lol at the person who said how if they were healthy they would have won last year. Denver owned them.
    _________________________________________

    Just like the Pats own the Seahawks, or maybe a better analogy is like the Bruins own Vancouver? Or how both teams own YOU? HAHAHA!!!

  45. alcottclan235 says: Oct 17, 2016 9:24 AM

    bucsorbust says:

    Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM
    Tom Brady will always have an asterick next to his name in the record books that says “* Cheated his fellow players and the game.
    _________________________________________

    Anybody know what an “Asterick” is? Is that the name of one of the Bucs new running backs? Asterick Washington maybe? Didn’t he play for Ohio State?

    Why would he be next to Tom Brady in the record books? Did he do something I don’t know about? Fill me in bucsorbust.

  46. remizak says: Oct 17, 2016 10:59 AM

    The first half of the game was ugly for the Patriots. They were getting to Brady with four men and all the receivers were covered. So when Brady talks about a need for improvement, he’s not just being modest.

    It’s way too early to be talking about the Super Bowl. Don’t be crazy. Plenty of football between now and then. Why not enjoy it?

  47. maust1013 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:15 PM

    bucsorbust says:
    Oct 16, 2016 10:35 AM
    Tom Brady will always have an asterick next to his name…

    bucsorbust says:
    Oct 16, 2016 8:02 PM
    Tom Brady will always have an asterick next to his name in the record books that says “* Cheated his fellow players and the game.
    bucsorbust says:

    =============

    A cut and paste trolling effort merits a cut and past response:
    maust1013 says:
    Oct 16, 2016 11:28 AM
    You can imagine all the * you like. Just know that while you are doing that the rest of us will be seeing the very real ‘† Denotes all time NFL record’

  48. maust1013 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:22 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:33 PM
    Where can I get some of that sweet NFL Films apparel they used to fool the NFL for so many years?
    ===============

    Kinda sad when you are mailing it in just re-posting the same stuff that got you previously owned, please step up your game. When it is as soft as bustedbucs stuff you are really slipping.

  49. limakey says: Oct 17, 2016 9:02 PM

    Ike, Brady blew his own image by his lies and obstructing the investigation. He cheated to win games and pat his stats. I have no respect for a player who not only knows better but refuses to man up. The question will always be, why did the Pats and Brady cheat to win when so many ‘experts’ say they didn’t have to. Or did they.

  50. veddermn8 says: Oct 18, 2016 12:08 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Oct 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    More like the greatest cheat of all time.

    Lol at the person who said how if they were healthy they would have won last year. Denver owned them.

    …….

    Lol. A 2 point win is not being “owned” especially when it hinged on a missed extra point. It helps if you watched the game.

  51. veddermn8 says: Oct 18, 2016 1:08 PM

    limakey
    Brady was exonerated by scientists not funded by the NFL and a lack of real evidence. And your “or did they” does not make sense. The second half of the Colts game, where the Pats were playing with ILLLEGALLY overinflated footballs yet played even better, put that to rest a long time ago, and it proved the halftime PSI police had no idea what they were doing. And of course, there’s 2015 season where Brady led NFL in TD passes and TD-INT ratio and the NFL refused to release the collected PSI data.

    And why do you find Goodell credible after every single one of his major investigations has been riddled with serious problems? (concussions, bountygate, bullygate, Rice, Brady, Charlie Sly)

    And why do you avoid addressing Goodell’s lie to the public and the courts about how hard the NFL went after the second Rice tape? NFL’s own Mueller Report compared to Goodell’s 9/9/14 press conference and court testimony shows he wasn’t honest. Goodell is not credible, its indisputable. His history of dishonesty and bad leadership begs that conclusion.

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