The New England Patriots offense looked anything but the well-oiled machine we’ve become accustomed to with Tom Brady under center in Thursday night’s victory over the New York Jets.
Brady posted a completion percentage of less than 50-percent (19 of 39) for the first time since a 16-9 loss to the Jets on Sept. 20, 2009. The Patriots receiving corps struggled with drops and Brady blew a gasket after a miscommunication forced the Patriots to settle for a field goal in the Jets’ redzone late in the first half.
The Patriots have scored just 36 points through their first two games after averaging nearly 35 points per game last season.
“We have a long way to go,” Brady said. “No one is coming to rescue and save the day so we’ve just got to fight through it. We’ve got to work harder and do better and try to be more consistent. Hopefully we can score more points.”
Brady was shown visibly frustrated during the game broadcast after a pass fell incomplete on 3rd and 5 at the Jets’ 12-yard line. He appeared to be expecting Edelman to sit down in a zone when he continued across the middle of the field. Brady was screaming on the sideline after coming off the field expressing anger over the miscommunication.
Brady said he needs to do a better job keeping his emotions in check.
“I have to do a better job with my body language,” Brady said. “I definitely can improve that. I wouldn’t say it’s a real strong point of mine right now so we’ll just try to keep doing better. That’s what we’ve got to do.”
Despite the Patriots’ problems, they’re still 2-0 and have 10 days before their next game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get things cleaned up.