Five weeks ago, the sky wasn’t falling in New England; it already fell. With 12 games left and a team that seemed to be overmatched, the questions wasn’t if but when the standings would reflect that more than a decade of dominance had ended.
And then the dominance returned. As if it never left. Five straight wins later, quarterback Tom Brady was asked about a team that seems like a different squad than it was as of Week Four.
“[H]opefully we can keep making improvements and we’re a lot better five weeks from now, also,” Brady said. “We’re at a decent place, we really are. We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but it doesn’t mean anything. You’ve got to go out there and you’ve got to do it, and we’ve got to do it at a higher level than what we’ve done. We’ve talked about all the things we need to do today to make the improvements, and we’ll start working on them today. We’ll take this time as an opportunity to really get ahead on Indianapolis because it’ll be the biggest game of the year.”
It comes on November 16 on NBC, after both teams emerge from their bye weeks. During the time off, Brady may need to work on his cardio, based on the decision to run from the sideline to the end zone to congratulate Julian Edelman on an 84-yard punt return that went for a touchdown.
“I was kind of winded,” Brady said. “That was probably the longest I’ve ran in a long time. It was a great reason to do it. Jules is just, he’s awesome. I love that guy. He’s just a special person, player, friend. We’ve had a lot of time together over the years, so we’ve got a real special bond.”
That bond was strengthened with Edelman, who added nine catches for 89 yards and another touchdown in Sunday’s win over the Broncos. Brady didn’t have to run quite as ran for that one; he was already on the field, and it was a five-yard play.