The New England Patriots offense has looked unstoppable throughout the 2015 NFL season, but injuries have taken Tom Brady’s best weapons off the field.
Despite throwing for 312 yards and three touchdowns to a collection of backup targets and adding a quarterback sneak for a score, the Patriots eventually lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 35-28.
Brady, who also tossed a pair of interceptions, admitted he needs to make better decisions with the football. According to ProFootballTalk, Brady said:
“No one can do your job for you and the execution of certain plays. … I’m the person that throws it the most, and I’ve got to make good decisions with the ball. If I turn the ball over twice, I don’t think we’re going to have the chance to win many games, so I think that’s what it comes down to.”
He also referenced Danny Amendola’s trick-play pass, but the wide receiver’s throw was the team’s first attempt in 2015 by anyone other than the veteran quarterback.
More specifically, Brady was discussing his red-zone interception that turned into a pick-six and underthrow intended to be an overthrow that stalled a once-promising drive.
If he hadn’t made either mistake and the Patriots scored a touchdown, the team could’ve forced overtime and likely would’ve beaten the Eagles, who collapsed down the stretch and nearly allowed a 21-point comeback.
Brady certainly deserves some criticism for those bad decisions, but three consecutive drops on well-thrown passes doomed the offense’s final and potential game-tying drive.
Although New England has dropped two straight contests, it would be foolish to suggest the defending Super Bowl champions should even consider panicking. Thanks to the 10-2 start, the team has almost locked up a playoff spot.
Brady’s poor decision-making day was merely an outlier, and Rob Gronkowski’s presence will help the Patriots attack become lethal again.