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

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

QUESTIONABLE
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

NOT LISTED
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)