Tom Brady: We can’t give away scoring opportunities against Chiefs

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There’s still one game to go in Week Five, but it’s not too soon to start looking ahead to the marquee matchup for Week Six.

That matchup is the one that will take place in New England on Sunday night. The Patriots will be trying to extend their winning streak to three games by handing the Chiefs their first loss of the 2018 season.

During an appearance on WEEI, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady discussed one of the keys to getting that result. Brady pointed to miscues in last Thursday’s win over the Colts that kept the team from putting up points that he thinks they’ll need this time around.

“Those turnovers, whether it is an interception, fumbled snap, I think that’s been something that we have to correct,” Brady said. “If you look back at the first five games we’re giving away too many scoring opportunities. That is limiting our points. I thought the other night we should have put 52 [points] out there, at least. Maybe more. When we play a team like Kansas City, we have to take advantage of every scoring opportunity because we know they are.”

The Patriots only had 14 turnovers in the regular season and postseason last year, but they’re up to nine turnovers already this season. Head coach Bill Belichick said in his Monday press conference that he agrees with Brady about the importance of keeping that number from rising, so it seems we know at least one point of emphasis for the Patriots this week.

76 responses to “Tom Brady: We can’t give away scoring opportunities against Chiefs

  1. They will be the first in the Chiefs multi game loosing streak. Happens every year after they have a blistering start.

  2. True Dat. In fact, the Chiefs are so much better than the Patsies this year that the latter will probably have to resort to cheating (again) to win this one.

    Also, tonight, any dispute about the GOAT is resolved as Drew Brees, the most accurate passer in world history, becomes the most prolific passer as well.

    WHO DAT.

  3. I haven’t seen the defensive speed from the Patriots to be able to seriously hamper the Chiefs, and I think to beat the Chiefs your linebackers need to be wicked quick. If Belichick schemes up a confusing defense for Mahomes and Reid turtles up like he can at times, Pats offense should win the game. If the Chiefs get to do what they want to do, I think it’s a long day for the PAtriots.

  4. The Patriots only had 14 turnovers in the regular season and postseason last year, but they’re up to nine turnovers already this season.
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    They have had a lot of moving pieces on offense. Shuffling the O-line and WR core. It’ll get back to normal turnover ratios once the shuffling settles down a bit.

  5. vikesfansteve says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    They will be the first in the Chiefs multi game loosing streak. Happens every year after they have a blistering start.

    1) It’s “Losing” streak. 2) These aren’t the Vikings. 3) They didn’t have Mahomes last year. All respect for Alex and all, but Mahomes brings something different to the team, not the position. Plus Patriots? Not that good. FitzTragic had a higher QBR than Brady, and I would take playing that defense over even KCs, which isn’t very good.

  6. Obviously need to get a stop or two on defense to have any chance against the Chiefs. Clearly not much Brady can do about that, but a few time consuming drives with TDs against the Chiefs would be helpful, and nice.

  7. If the Chiefs had a good defense, I’d say they could win this one going away. But they don’t. Pats are going to run all over them, which will open up the passing game even more. I’d love for the Chiefs to win, but I see them as over matched against a Pats team that’s starting to roll. Trust me, Id want nothing more than to see the demise of the Pats, but it isn’t happening as long as Bill and Tom are there.

  8. Well said Brady. lets not get tricky either. Lets keep running the ball, it is setting up a Play action plays down the field. Lets go Pats good luck KC hope turns into a great game.

  9. If the Pats do not turn it over, they’ll win it going away.

    Chiefs D is horrible and NE has a lot more weapons to worry about than what Jax trotted out there yesterday.

    BB will have an array of tricks for Mahomes, slowing him down and possibly getting a couple INTs.

    Reid has already pushed that playbook to the max so far, so there should be a lot to study with Mahomes.

    Pats offense unlikely to be as middling as it was last week.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    I wish this guy would just retire so at least my team would have a chance
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    I have to agree with you. And, besides your team and mine there are 29 other teams that are wishing for the same thing!

  11. Pats are going to get smoked, our defense won’t be able to make any stops. The offense has yet to show they can play mistake free, otherwise I would hope for a shootout, ala Super Bowl 52. Mahomes is special, although I’m curious if he can maintain this as defenses get more film on him.

  12. The Chiefs will key on Edelman and Gronk. The RBs and other receivers should all be able to take advantage of this.

    Pats D has had its shaky moments this year for sure, so likely a high scoring game by both teams. Neither can afford to take the foot off the gas if they get up early.

  13. nfella says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm
    I haven’t seen the defensive speed from the Patriots to be able to seriously hamper the Chiefs, and I think to beat the Chiefs your linebackers need to be wicked quick. If Belichick schemes up a confusing defense for Mahomes and Reid turtles up like he can at times, Pats offense should win the game. If the Chiefs get to do what they want to do, I think it’s a long day for the PAtriots.

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    “Defensive speed”…LMAO

    We’ve only been hearing that for 10 years now.Pats play a versatile, chameleonesque style D from week to week.

    This isn’t a track meet.

  14. It’s not at Arrowhead, so that’s a big advantage for the Pats. Mahomes looks good. BB will need to try to confuse him. That SHOULD be possible. If he can, Patriots win. But Mahomes seems really good on busted plays, so if he can heave ho any silly thing down the field and get it caught while running for his life, Chiefs win.

  15. NE fan. Chiefs are impressive. Record shows it.
    NE is starting to show sustained drives with Edelman’s return…
    Good to see Gordon in the mix.
    Some solid runs by Michel behind good blocking schemes.

    If everyone plays as expected it should be a good game.
    But the breaking point, for me, is the weakness NE has on D.

    Chiefs could edge them out on that score….

    advantage Chiefs.

  16. With so few really good matchups between top teams on Thursday nights I would much rather this game were deeper into the season once the Pats are running on all 8 and KC has a chance to get their D smoothed out. Still, it should be a helluva barn burner.

  17. This might be a game with zero punts. That’s what the Pats have to assume. A dropped pass, a key 3rd down stop, whatever it takes to force a field goals.

    As a fan, I’m really looking forward to this game. As a Pats fan, I’m hoping this is a catalyst for another long wining streak. We’ve seen it plenty of times over the last 18 years.

  18. .
    The Patriots need to run the ball effectively, setting up long time consuming drives that end in a TD. On defense they have to eliminate KC’s quick strike plays and make the Chiefs work methodically for yardage.

    Whatever happens, it’s a great game for fans.
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  19. Belicheck teams of the past didn’t make the types of bonehead mistakes that are occuring now. Brady is responsible for many drive defeating plays. His accuracy isn’t what it once was and it’s a problem that I question if it can be fixed. And another major issues is offenses can easily attack safety Devin McCourty when forced into single coverage, he can’t cover or tackle on a consistent basis.

  20. Chiefs and Pats almost always play like division rivals, it always seems like a good game, no matter how either of them are doing at a particular time. We’ll see what happens, go CHIEFS

  21. This game will come down to coaching. Andy Reid won’t be able to handle the Gillette mystique and will make few boneheaded decisions that will be the difference in the game. Belichick owns Andy Reid.

  22. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Also, tonight, any dispute about the GOAT is resolved as Drew Brees, the most accurate passer in world history, becomes the most prolific passer as well.
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    Love Brees, he’s a first ballot HOFer. But he’s not in Brady’s neighborhood, only 1 ring and inflated stats due the dome and pass friendly era. Plus Brady’s got the stats to match/exceed Brees in many cases

  23. Chiefs D is horrible and NE has a lot more weapons to worry about than what Jax trotted out there yesterday.
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    Oh, you mean that Jags offense that hung 31 on the Patriots 3 weeks ago?

  24. bentedges says:
    October 8, 2018 at 1:29 pm
    Chiefs D is horrible and NE has a lot more weapons to worry about than what Jax trotted out there yesterday.
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    Oh, you mean that Jags offense that hung 31 on the Patriots 3 weeks ago?

    And that means absolutely nothing

  25. “Brady is responsible for many drive defeating plays. His accuracy isn’t what it once was and it’s a problem that I question if it can be fixed”

    Of course it can be fixed and was already showing signs of this last week. This is what happens when you skip OTAs for the first time in your career. Brady’s timing has been off, not accuracy. Timing comes with more reps. Unfortunately he decided to skip OTAs and assumed everything would be the same as if he didn’t.

  26. Plus Patriots? Not that good.
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    I have been hearing and reading that for nearly 20 years. Someday it might come true?

  27. Belicheck teams of the past didn’t make the types of bonehead mistakes that are occuring now. Brady is responsible for many drive defeating plays. His accuracy isn’t what it once was and it’s a problem that I question if it can be fixed. And another major issues is offenses can easily attack safety Devin McCourty when forced into single coverage, he can’t cover or tackle on a consistent basis.

    Did you not see that 3rd down conversion to Gronk with a DE draped all over him?

    You’re writing off McCourty after 1 bad game? Thank goodness you don’t run the front office.

  28. TheCakeIsALie says:
    October 8, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    This might be a game with zero punts. That’s what the Pats have to assume. A dropped pass, a key 3rd down stop, whatever it takes to force a field goals.

    As a fan, I’m really looking forward to this game. As a Pats fan, I’m hoping this is a catalyst for another long wining streak. We’ve seen it plenty of times over the last 18 years.

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    Chiefs are so obviously hot right now, but I do believe this to be and I can see it as that catalyst for that winning streak you’re talking about, possibly before they head sown to Miami or maybe at home vs Minny.

  29. Yourteamsucks2018 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Wonder why they always put the Patriots biggest games of the season in Foxboro?..
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    Do you think the Pats and Steelers ever play big games?

    The Pats played in Pitt last year during the regular season, and the Pats play at Pitt again this season.

    Do you wonder about that?

    Pats fans won’t complain about that, because Pats fans are intelligent, and Pats fans understand the league scheduling.

  30. Yourteamsucks2018 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Wonder why they always put the Patriots biggest games of the season in Foxboro? This game gets played in KC and you know KC would win big time.
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    Biggest game of the year? I thought that was the AFC title game rematch with Jax? Or was it the game with Pittsburgh later in the season? Hard to keep this stuff straight – thank goodness guys like you are all over it.

  31. Yourteamsucks2018 says:

    October 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm
    Wonder why they always put the Patriots biggest games of the season in Foxboro? This game gets played in KC and you know KC would win big time.

    Gotta beat the Titans at home in the playoffs before you bank on those types of conclusions.

  32. “Wonder why they always put the Patriots biggest games of the season in Foxboro? This game gets played in KC and you know KC would win big time.”

    Pats have played plenty of big games on the road, but people like you always put the blinders on and pretend they never happened.

    And the old “you know” prediction. Pats have also won plenty of big games on the road and the only thing “we know” is that on any given Sunday/game day either team can win.

  33. If the Chiefs can play well against the Patriots not necessarily win, that would be the icing on the cake but actually keep up with them We should take notice of them. I haven’t seen any of their games just lots and lots of highlights. You can play the Patriots when they are off guard and win but when you have 5 weeks of film for Belacheck and Brady to study and are the AFCs star team you are basically walking into a disaster waiting to happen. The Patriots love it. My Dolphins visited the Patriots on a 3 game winning streak based on one trick pony plays, opponents ineptitude, and a few good plays. Basically fools gold. We all knew what was going to happen and happen it did. The Chiefs are a far superior team to Miami but the Patriots are now in full flow and this will be a great test for the Chiefs so if they go toe to toe they may be the real deal.

  34. Brady threw a couple to Gordon that were, if not on the ground, they were so low you couldn’t call them shoelace catches….
    we’d have to come up with a new term: “grass top catch”

  35. The Chiefs are normally able to handle the Pats really well almost every year they play. This may be a total embarrassment for the Pats.

  36. It will be the usual beat down that takes place when the Chiefs visit New England. Or do all you chowder heads forget Andy Reid and the Chiefs own you guys on your home field.

  37. nelly837 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    It will be the usual beat down that takes place when the Chiefs visit New England. Or do all you chowder heads forget Andy Reid and the Chiefs own you guys on your home field.

    I Forget the last time the Chiefs made it to the AFCG. 7 in a row for the pats. We’ll be fine

  38. nelly837 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    …. the Chiefs own you guys on your home field.
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    It is true the Chiefs have defeated the Pats easily the two of the last three times the teams have met in Foxborough.

    The Chiefs won easily last season. The Pats ended up in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs ended up losing in the playoffs early.

    The Chiefs won big in 2014. Pats ended up winning the Super Bowl. Chiefs, I believe, missed the playoffs.

    Reading the above, if history can repeat itself, this Pats fan might have to pull for a big Chiefs win.

  39. “It will be the usual beat down that takes place when the Chiefs visit New England. Or do all you chowder heads forget Andy Reid and the Chiefs own you guys on your home field.”

    Just like many other teams, the Chiefs will be playing their Super Bowl the week they play the Pats. Even when they win it rarely results in getting to or winning the actual Super Bowl however.

  40. KC has the edge this time around but if the Pats offense can stay on the field they will be fine. I expect Gordon to have a bigger role as the season goes on and could be big in this game too.

  41. Sandlot football won’t work in Foxboro. Even with the Pats lousy defense! Remind me how Mahommes did in big games at Tech!

  42. mlhigh says:
    October 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    The Pats never play a prime time game on the road. Fact.

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    Not so factual. A 1 second look at the schedule shows one coming up – Mon Oct 29 at 8:15.
    I’m sure if I spend any time looking back I can find a bunch in the past.

  43. mlhigh says:
    October 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm
    The Pats never play a prime time game on the road. Fact.
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    Fact. You must have been a mile high when the Pats played the Lions, on the road, in prime time, a few weeks ago.

  44. Yourteamsucks2018 says:
    October 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Wonder why they always put the Patriots biggest games of the season in Foxboro? This game gets played in KC and you know KC would win big time.
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    The NFL tried to schedule the Patriots with 16 away games to accommodate every other teams ‘biggest game of the season’ but I guess Bob Kraft didn’t like it. So…they get 8 away and 8 home games like everyone else. Go figure.

  45. It will be the usual beat down that takes place when the Chiefs visit New England. Or do all you chowder heads forget Andy Reid and the Chiefs own you guys on your home field

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    I’m fine with it if KC are the champs of October. We’ve seen that play out before. We all know who the favorite will be if Pats meet them in the playoffs.

  46. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Don’t worry Tom…you’ll do your usual dink and dunk because you can’t throw it accurately 10+ yards down the field anymore.

    I know, right? I mean he BARELY broke 500 yards passing in the Superbowl last year.

  47. Let’s see the Pats struggled to beat the Texans, and the Colts and beat the paper tiger Dolphins. They got smoked by the Lions and the Jags. KC has beat two of the three AFC Division winners last year in their first 5 games and a pretty good Chargers team. The Chiefs have owned the Pats the last 2 times at Foxboro so the Chiefs certainly aren’t afraid to play on the road. Chiefs D gives up a lot of yards because teams are passing 60-65 times a games and most are 4th quarter garbage yards. Don’t be surprised to see Eric Berry finally suit up and after Brady gets sacked 5 times the Chiefs win in another blowout.

  48. The current hot take about how the Chiefs are about to crash after a hot start as they have in years past is comical. Anyone with that opinion is missing one glaring difference between this Chiefs team and every other iteration in my 35 year lifetime.

  49. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm
    Don’t worry Tom…you’ll do your usual dink and dunk because you can’t throw it accurately 10+ yards down the field anymore

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    I loved the completion to Gordon last week, didn’t you? 34 yard TD, forty yards in the air, dropped in perfectly for Gordon to make the play in the end zone.

  50. southsidekcfan says:
    October 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    The current hot take about how the Chiefs are about to crash after a hot start as they have in years past is comical. Anyone with that opinion is missing one glaring difference between this Chiefs team and every other iteration in my 35 year lifetime.

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    Thats the line until it isn’t. Then it won’t be until it is again. Such is sports. Relax.

  51. southsidekcfan says:
    October 8, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    The current hot take about how the Chiefs are about to crash after a hot start as they have in years past is comical. Anyone with that opinion is missing one glaring difference between this Chiefs team and every other iteration in my 35 year lifetime.

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    when dee ford is your best player on d, you have issues. you think your defense is good?

    you cleary never watched those 90s chiefs teams

    then again, reid is schottenheimer and you poor people have no idea what a great coach looks like because you haven’t had one since hank stram

  52. fishyinalittledishy says:
    October 8, 2018 at 2:18 pm
    If the Chiefs can play well against the Patriots not necessarily win, that would be the icing on the cake but actually keep up with them We should take notice of them. I haven’t seen any of their games just lots and lots of highlights. You can play the Patriots when they are off guard and win but when you have 5 weeks of film for Belacheck and Brady to study and are the AFCs star team you are basically walking into a disaster waiting to happen. The Patriots love it. My Dolphins visited the Patriots on a 3 game winning streak based on one trick pony plays, opponents ineptitude, and a few good plays. Basically fools gold. We all knew what was going to happen and happen it did. The Chiefs are a far superior team to Miami but the Patriots are now in full flow and this will be a great test for the Chiefs so if they go toe to toe they may be the real deal.

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    I mostly agree with you, but this will be a big test for the Patriots too. The Patriots are not yet in “full flow” but have made some definate good steps these last 2-3 weeks. I liked the last two wins but Dolphins and Colts I can only find so much trimuph in. A matchup with the Chiefs will produce a much more telling report card of how far along they are really. Hoping for a good grade.

  53. I think folks are overlooking the fact that the Chiefs defense held their own against Jax, even with some key pieces sidelined. 5 sacks, 4 ints and 4/5 redzone stops

  54. TruFBFan says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:40 pm
    vikesfansteve says:
    October 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    They will be the first in the Chiefs multi game loosing streak. Happens every year after they have a blistering start.

    1) It’s “Losing” streak. 2) These aren’t the Vikings. 3) They didn’t have Mahomes last year. All respect for Alex and all, but Mahomes brings something different to the team, not the position. Plus Patriots? Not that good. FitzTragic had a higher QBR than Brady, and I would take playing that defense over even KCs, which isn’t very good.

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    And you know this because you enlisted in civil service in exchange for the perks, and took a physics class with a lot of other less than stellar students, which is why you can tell us all about ball inflation issues. Amirite? Still smarting from that loss to the Patriots in Tampa last season?

  55. superpatriotsfan says:

    October 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Don’t worry Tom…you’ll do your usual dink and dunk because you can’t throw it accurately 10+ yards down the field anymore.

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    Too bad the reigning NFL MVP has been among the leaders in YPA last two years. And Brady was #1 last season in completions of 40+ yards in the air and #3 in completions of 20+ yards in the air. And he recently just got his WR1 back.

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