Brady and Co. won't linger on Bills loss


Brady and Co. won't linger on Bills loss

By A. Sherrod Blakely 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."

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Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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