Brady and Co. won't linger on Bills loss

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Brady and Co. won't linger on Bills loss

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn Tom Brady coming off a bad game is one of those rare occurrences.

In New England's 34-31 loss at Buffalo, Brady was 30-for-45 with 387 yards passing, but he also threw four interceptions. In the Patriots' first two games, Brady had only been picked off once.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has plenty of things to worry about heading into Sunday's game at Oakland. But getting Brady to brush off last week's loss isn't one of them.

"As it relates to all the guys on offense, we have a pretty mentally tough crew and also a smart crew," O'Brien said. "When you have a guy, or guys that have played a lot of football, they have a pretty good idea of what they did wrong."

In the loss, a pair of Brady's interceptions were on deflections including one that was returned for a touchdown.

"As a quarterback, you're always trying to make good decisions with the ball," Brady told WEEI on Monday. "When you hold the ball, you pretty much hold the fortunes of the entire team with you. Sometimes they make a play on a ball and it gets batted, sometimes you could make a better throw. That's part of playing quarterback. You've got to be able to rebound and go out there and keep making good throws."

Even with the loss, Brady is still among the NFL's top-rated passers.

Brady's 1,327 yards passing is still tops in the league and his 113.8 passer rating is second in the NFL to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

While the talk of Sunday's loss remains fresh in the minds of many, Brady understands all too well the importance of putting the Buffalo loss behind him.

"I don't sleep very well after any game. When you lose, and you lose the way that we lost . . . it's a tough one to swallow," Brady told WEEI. "We're the only people that can do anything about it. We have a long football season ahead. We have a bunch of meaningful games. We'll figure out what we did wrong, and try to do it better moving forward."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.