Brady: 'Who are you? It's week-to-week'

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Brady: 'Who are you? It's week-to-week'

FOXBORO -- The record says the Patriots are 3-3 and a mediocre team.

Reality is that their journey to 3-3 is a lot different than, say the Jets'. New England's lost its three games by a total of four points; the Jets lost their three by a combined 57.

Which team's fanbase has more cause to be optimistic that postseason games await? It should be the Patriots. But the tenor right now is reflective of what happened most recently. The Patriots lost 24-23 on the road Sunday in Seattle. The Jets won 35-9 at home against the Colts.

So, despite the identical record and -- for the Patriots -- more impressive resume, things are hairier here as the Patriots and Jets get ready for Sunday.

"There's seven teams in the AFC that are 3-3," Tom Brady said today. "There's seven that are below 3-3, and there's two that are better than us, and we played one of those (Baltimore) and we were up nine points with (7:29) to go and the other team (Houston) got beat by a bunch of points the other night (42-24 against the Packers). So who are you? It's week to week. It all depends on how well you play.

"Every week is gonna be something different so you can sit here and say, 'We're the greatest team ever; we're the worst team of all-time...' or compare this year with last year," Brady added. "We're 3-3. We haven't earned a better record than that. We haven't played well enough or consistently enough to be better than that. I don't think six games defines a season. What will define our season is what we do over the next 10 weeks."

Brady doesn't rejoice in the fact the Patriots have been "in" each of their three losses. But he acknowledged he takes solace in knowing a better record is just a few plays away.

"We battled pretty much to the end in every one of those games," he said. "We've had some tight ones that we haven't come up with. But the nice part -- not that you feel great about losing a game -- but you think if we'd have just done a few things better, we'd have been winning those games. That's really where our concentration's at. Find ways to be better."

Brady said he understands that's not where everyone's focus is. Especially on the outside.

"We only play once a week and there's a lot to talk about over the course of those seven days," Brady agreed. "I think it's important for us players not to ride the roller coaster of emotions that your family may have, that your friends may have or the questions that we get. I think the important thing is to keep trying to improve and focus on the opponent and not what's being said or what you hear or when everyone tells you you're great or when everyone tells you you suck. You just try to say, 'This is where we're at, this is what coach thinks, this is what we're gonna try to do, this is how we're gonna try to win this game.' "

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

Beyond the numbers: Kings offense will test Celtics defense

BOSTON – When it comes to defense, the Celtics are quick to claim that it is indeed the foundation for which their team is built upon. 
 
Still, far too often this season, we have seen cracks in their usually Teflon-tough defense, the kind that ultimately means the difference between winning and losing.
 
The Celtics’ defense will once again need to step up and play well tonight against a Sacramento squad that has shown it can fill it up offensively of late. 
 
Sacramento (7-11) has scored 100 or more points in eight of their past 10 games. In that span, their 107.2 points per game ranks ninth in the league. 
 
In that same span, the Celtics have allowed opponents to score 100.3 points per game, which ranks 10th in the NBA in fewest points allowed.
 
And when it comes to winning, limiting teams to less than 100 points has been huge in Boston’s win total. 
 
The Celtics have held eight opponents to 100 points or less this season. 
 
Their record in those games? 8-0.
 
Within that limited scoring, Boston must also make sure teams don’t get into a nice groove shooting the ball. 
 
Boston is 0-5 this season when an opponent shoots 48 percent or better from the field. 
 
While there are several things Boston must do to be successful, having the right kind of defensive disposition ranks at or near the top of that list in their efforts to play with the kind of defensive success that gave so many hope that this would the year Boston would hold court among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

“We have to get a little more nastier on the defensive end and not let a team come in and get comfortable,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder.
 

Brady, Bennett, Edelman questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

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Brady, Bennett, Edelman questionable for Sunday vs. Rams

FOXBORO -- The Patriots injury report for Sunday's game with the Rams is out. While they'll be without one big name, but their others are still very much in play. 

Rob Gronkowski, who was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, has been ruled out. Jordan Richards, who is dealing with a knee issue and has not practiced this week, will also be held out of action on Sunday. 

Tom Brady (knee), Julian Edelman (foot), Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder) and Chris Hogan (back) -- all of whom practiced on Friday -- have been listed as questionable for the Rams game at Gillette Stadium. Special teamer Nate Ebner (concussion) returned to practice on Friday and is also questionable, as is Trey Flowers (shin) and Elandon Roberts, who popped up on the injury report with a jaw issue Friday. 

Special teams captain Matthew Slater missed Friday's session after participating on both Wednesday and Thursday. He's been ruled as questionable. Defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton is also questionable after missing his second straight day of practice with an illness.

If Slater and Ebner are at all limited this weekend, coupled with the loss of Richards, the Patriots kicking game would be significantly impacted. Hogan took reps as the team's personal protector on the punt team earlier this week and may fill that role should Ebner miss time.