Brady: Can't leave points on the board

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Brady: Can't leave points on the board

The Patriots got inside Seattle's 20-yard line six times on Sunday and came away with just one touchdown. Tom Brady lamented his team's missed opportunities as he spoke with WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show on Tuesday morning.

"I wish I would have completed more passes, but the guys were running good routes and getting open, and we had a lot of chunk plays, and we moved the ball up and down the field," said Brady, who indicated that Seattle's run defense encouraged the Patriots to attempt 58 passes.

"The problem was we didn't score points. And when you're one-of-six in the red area, you leave so many points on the board that you lose by one, you're one-of-six in the red area, you're not giving yourself much of a chance to win."

One of those red zone chances came at the end of the first half when the clock ran out on the Patriots after Brady threw an incomplete pass on second down and then was called for intentional grounding on third down. The penalty prompted a 10-second runoff and ended the half.

"They did a good job covering us, and I have to make a better decision with the ball," Brady said. "I just gotta find a guy. I looked at Wes Welker, I came back, Deion Branch, I probably just gotta throw it near someone's feet. That's what you gotta do."

Brady was 5-for-12 in the fourth quarter with an interception and another grounding penalty. On the final play of the third quarter, he took a blow to the head from Seattle defensive lineman Jason Jones. Brady appeared to be slow in getting up after Jones was flagged for a personal foul penalty, but the Patriots quarterback said that the hit had nothing to do with his sub-par final quarter.

"No I don't think so at all. It was just poor execution by myself, and poor fundamentals, and that's the cause of it," Brady said. "And certainly I give Seattle a lot of credit on defense, and I credit them for the way that they played, they're a very good defense. They came into the game first in pretty much every category. They rush the passer, they stop the run, they're good on third down, they're good in the red area, they've got a lot of playmakers, and they made it hard on us. There were really no easy plays out there, we had to earn them."

Brady said that for the Patriots to see better results at the ends of games -- Sunday's loss was the second Patriots lead blown in fourth-quarter this season -- they have to put the work in.

"I dont think there's any magic formula to making good decisions and good plays, it's a matter of just doing it," he said. "It's not that we can't do it, because we're up for most of that game, we just didnt do it situationally there in the fourth quarter. It's something that we're going to keep working at. We're not going to stop working, we're going to work hard at it and see if we can get better at it and make those improvements so if we're in a situation like this again, it doesn't come up. It's not like you go to bed and you go 'Next time, sure, I wish we could pull out the win' and close your eyes and go to sleep and magically it happens. You've got to put work into it."

One of those players that will be working alongside Brady this week, healthy permitting, will be Welker. If the receiver needed an extra day or two off, though, no one would blame him. He took a couple of very big hits over the course of the day Sunday, and Brady praised him for his toughness.

"He got drilled, he got drilled," Brady said. "He's so tough, there's nobody as tough as Wes. His mental toughness, hisphysicaltoughness. He runs over the middle fearlessly and makes play after play after play. He made a ton of plays the other day and was open on a ton more plays that I didn't throw to him. He finds the hole and knows how to get open. He's just a great player for us."

The Jets come to Foxboro on Sunday without one of their great players. All-Pro cornerback Derrelle Revis has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, but Brady said Rex Ryan's defense is still a talented group.

"He's a phenomenal player. He's as good a corner as there is in the league, and as good a corner as I've faced," Brady said. "But their team has always been built around their defense, and not really one player. He's a great player, I certainly dont want to discount them, but they've got some other really good players too.

Antonio Cromartie is a great player, and they've got some guys on the 'D'-line that can rush, a solid group of linebackers, a very good secondary with Yeremiah Bell and Laron Landry. Its going to be a good challenge for us. It feels like we're playing good defenses every week, and the Jets are no different. We've got to spend a week to get ready for them, and hopefully go out and win a very important game for us."

Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

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Green has big game as Bengals dominate Dolphins 22-7

CINCINNATI -- For most of the game, A.J. Green piled up more yards than the entire Miami Dolphins offense in a virtuoso performance. As an encore, he thrilled the crowd by juggling some Florida citrus.

The Bengals receiver followed his disappointing game with a dominating one - 173 yards and a touchdown - and a Cincinnati defense that was inspired by Vontaze Burfict's return clamped down on the Dolphins for a 22-7 victory Thursday night.

The Bengals (2-2) rebounded from a 29-17 home loss to Denver on Sunday with a solid all-around game against a depleted team.

Green led the way, beating the Dolphins (1-3) on every type of route . He was upset with himself after he dropped a pivotal third-down pass and failed to make an impact against the Broncos.

"I hold myself to a very high standard," said Green, who had 10 catches. "I know what I'm capable of. Last week I didn't perform to that level. I had to refocus on a short week."

During the first three quarters, Green had 166 yards on catches while Miami had 152 total yards. The Bengals' season-long problem of stalling out near the goal line forced them to settle for Mike Nugent's season-high five field goals.

Afterward, Green and Andy Dalton appeared on the postgame show, and the receiver entertained the dozens of Bengals fans who stayed around by smoothly juggling three oranges at the interview desk.

"Any time he was one-on-one, he was able to make the play," Dalton said.

The Dolphins were missing four starting offensive linemen, two linebackers, running back Arian Foster and tight end Jordan Cameron. They had one big play - Ryan Tannehill threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills - but couldn't do anything else on offense.

"We've got to get it fixed and quick, and by that I mean Monday," Tannehill said. "We're kind of in a dark spot right now. It's squarely on our shoulders."

The Bengals' defense expected to get a lift from Burfict's return. The volatile linebacker was suspended by the NFL for the first three games because of his illegal hits. He got a loud ovation when he ran onto the field during introductions wearing a baseball cap. Burfict knocked down a pass and had three tackles.

"He's amazing," end Carlos Dunlap said. "Did you see the plays he made? Those aren't plays you can coach. He came off his couch and played great. It's good to have him back."

Mostly, it was Green's show. He caught a 51-yard pass off Dalton's scramble in the first half, and had a 43-yard catch that set up another field goal in the third quarter for a 19-7 lead.

REMEMBERING FERNANDEZ

A large fan banner in the upper deck at Paul Brown Stadium honored Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died with two friends in a boat crash early Sunday near Miami Beach. The banner read: "Jose 16 Heaven's Bright."

STILL CAN'T RUN

The Bengals rushed for 77 yards and only a 2.1-yard average against the second-worst run defense in the league, one missing two starting linebackers.

SLOPPY DOLPHINS

Miami had seven penalties for 68 yards. The most egregious was by Terrence Fede, who pushed Kevin Huber to the ground after he punted in the third quarter. The penalty gave Cincinnati the ball, and the Bengals got a field goal out of it.

INJURIES

Dolphins: LT Branden Albert and C Anthony Steen were inactive with sprained ankles. Also missing were LBs Koa Misi (neck) and Jelani Jenkins (groin). C Mike Pouncey has missed all four games with a hip injury.

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert was inactive again, contributing to the Bengals' trouble close to the goal line. He's recovering from offseason ankle surgery and returned to practice on a limited basis last week. CB Dre Kirkpatrick was inactive with a hamstring injury suffered Sunday. G Clint Boling sat out most of the fourth quarter with an injured left shoulder.

ANTHEM STATEMENTS

Stills and Dolphins safety Michael Thomas knelt with their hands over their hearts during the anthem.

FANTASY IMPACT

Tannehill was 15 of 25 for 189 yards with a touchdown, an interception, a fumble and five sacks. Dalton was 22 of 31 for 296 yards with a touchdown and a sack.

UP NEXT

The Dolphins begin a stretch of four straight home games against Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Buffalo and the New York Jets.

The Bengals have a tough two-game stretch, playing Dallas and New England on the road. They're 1-5 in Dallas, dropping their last three. They've dropped their last six at New England, last winning in 1986.