Wilfork: We're 3-3 for a reason

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Wilfork: We're 3-3 for a reason

SEATTLE -- Vince Wilfork was not in the mood to chat Sunday night.

The defensive captain got dressed slowly after New England's 24-23 loss. By the time he turned around, there was a crowd of reporters waiting. They waited to hear what went wrong when the Patriots failed -- for the third time this year -- to close out a game.

Wilfork clipped off the first question before it was finished.

"We didn't make enough plays," he said. "Plain and simple."

He shook his head while he spoke like a bull being bothered by flies.

"That's all I have. Didn't make enough plays. What else can you do? We lost. We're moving on."

Wishful thinking.

On Sunday, the Patriots gave up a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter before they were felled. They did it by hemorrhaging 14 points in the final 10 minutes. Before that, the Seahawks were held scoreless on six drives over two-and-a-third quarters: Fumble, downs, punt, punt, punt, fumble.

But when it came down to crunch time Seattle was able to execute touchdown drives of 68 and 57 yards. The first was scored in two minutes; the second, even faster.

"We just didn't make enough plays," Wilfork repeated. "It's very simple. I'm not going to sit here and lie to you and say I'm not -- I'm very frustrated. I don't know what else to say. I'll probably lose my head right now. I'm very frustrated. We just didn't make enough plays when it counted . . . and it cost us."

Again.

New England's three losses this season are by two or fewer points. The 20-18 Cardinals win is immortalized by Stephen Gostkowski's missed game-winning field goal. Against Baltimore, a last-second 27-yard boot by an undrafted rookie kicker did the Patriots in by a score of 31-30.

Those are just two plays in 120 minutes of football; they don't illustrate the team's larger failings. But describing them may be just as simple. Like Wilfork said, the Patriots couldn't hit the kill switch. They couldn't even find it.

And not for lack of preparation.

"It was exactly why it was going to be. Everything they did, we knew what they was gonna do." Here, Wilfork gathered as much scorn in the back of his throat as possible before spitting his next words. "They didn't shock us."

When asked if New England's .500 record belies the team's talent, he paused for almost five seconds before answering.

"Who knows? We're 3-3 for a reason," he said. "Until we do something about it, we're going to continue to have problems."

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

According to Bovada, Tom Brady is the favorite to win this year's MVP award. Just as a reminder: He'll be 40 when the season begins. 

Brady was in the running for last season's MVP but he was beaten out for the award by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady said before Super Bowl LI that Ryan deserved to be deemed "most valuable" for his performance in 2016. 

Days later, Brady took home Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.

Behind Brady (4-to-1 odds) on Bovada's list of MVP favorites for 2017 are Aaron Rodgers (7-to-1), Derek Carr (9-to-1), Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson (all 12-to-1). Ryan's odds at repeating as MVP, per Bovada, are 16-to-1. 

Brady has won two regular-season MVP awards over the course of his career (2007, 2010).