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PATRIOTS’ SLOW START FRUSTRATES TOM BRADY
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:08 PM EDT

QB Tom Brady didn’t sugarcoat it. The Patriots have lost 2 straight games and they have just themselves the blame.

“We have to dig ourselves out of a hole that we put ourselves into. We’re sitting here at 1-2 and looking up at Buffalo Bills and the N.Y Jets,” Brady announced at his weekly news conference. “It’s frustrating when you lose, it’s been 2 weeks in a row, and glaringly nobody feels very good about it.”

One could sense that disappointment in Brady’s tone, as he fielded questions on some of the areas where the team has struggled, such as running out the clock with the “4-minute offense.”

“This is about winning. When you win, you don’t get questions on the 4-minute offense or stuff like that,” he said. “It’s not like we sit here in the locker room and say, ‘God, we’re terrible, we can’t make any plays, we aren’t even in these games.’ We’re right in them. We just have to do a better job in certain areas. If we do that, we’ll start winning close games. If we don’t, we’ll have a miserable year. Nobody wants that around here.”

Red-zone offense is a primary area that Brady, who was listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice with a right shoulder ailment, thinks has held the NE Patriots back.

The New England Patriots scored 3 touchdowns in 5 trips inside the red zone against the Baltimore Raven. The week before, against the Arizona Cardinals, the offense was 1 of 3 within the red zone.

Receiver Deion Branch is one of only 2 Patriots, together with Brady, who was on the roster the last time the team found itself under .500. On Sunday night, the Patriots snapped a streak of 145 regular season weeks with a record at or above .500. The last time the Patriots were under .500 was 2003, and that was an 0-1 mark after getting blown out against Buffalo Bills in Week One.

Branch said he the unfamiliar territory doesn’t feel strange. Odds

“We haven’t been in it, but does it feel peculiar? It’s the league,” Branch said. “If you don’t go out and look after business on Sun., then chances are high that you may lose. Often you may get lucky enough to pull off a game here and there, but you’re playing against plenty of great teams, we can’t make any more mistakes. We’ve got to correct the ones that we have made, so we don’t have this situation happen again.”

The most vital message that Branch and fellow vets are conveying to the younger players on the team now is that each game matters.

“Every game counts. I think that is most important. I think the guys understand that here,” Branch continued. “The coaches do an excellent job bringing in the right guys, guys that understand what we are doing, guyd that understand the program. I think after they get here they just fall in to suit with the rest of the fellows. I think overall, they know we take every game one game at a time. They’re all very important.”


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