BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots improved to 9-1 on Sunday, but quarterback Tom Brady was not a happy camper after the team’s 17-10 win in Philadelphia. Heck even, Bill Belichick was in a better mood than Brady.
The struggles of the New England offense continued against the Eagles in Philadelphia, and it left Brady in a pretty sour mood. They mustered just one touchdown drive, and Brady wasn’t even the one to throw that score. The Patriots had to resort to a trick play to score their only touchdown of the contest, as Julian Edelman found Phillip Dorsett in the end zone on a double pass, giving the Patriots a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter.
That touchdown and two-point conversion by James White were the only times the Patriots found the end zone, and the last time the offense put any points on the board on Sunday. Brady didn’t throw a touchdown pass, and for the first time in his career, the future Hall of Famer didn’t lead the Patriots in touchdown passes in a game he played to completion (via ESPN’s Mike Reiss).
The Patriots couldn’t throw the ball, they couldn’t run the ball, and they struggled to even move the chains. They punted away their final six possessions, picking up just four first downs following Edelman’s touchdown strike.
The New England offense was once again in the passenger seat as the defense led the way, and they may have even been relegated to the back seat with punter Jake Bailey having a monster game on special teams. After the win, Brady said it felt good to beat a tough team on the road, but he certainly didn’t sound like a guy who was feeling good about anything. Not even a question about his sidekick’s touchdown throw could put a smile on Brady’s face.
He didn’t have much to say about the offense’s performance, but his quick answer said it all.
“Up and down, that’s what it looks like to me,” Brady said of the offense. “We could probably do everything better.”
Brady was at the podium for less than two minutes, and most of his answers consisted of just a few words. He chalked up his demeanor to being tired after a three-hour battle with the Eagles, but he was clearly irked at the team’s inability to put points on the board. They were 0-for-1 in goal-to-go situations, and just 1-for-3 in the red zone. The Patriots managed 298 total yards on 71 plays, as Brady threw for 216 yards. He was rattled throughout and completed just 26 of his 47 passes.
The Pats just had two weeks to cure their ills on offense, but they still came out of their bye week with an absolute stinker on offense. At a time in the season when the Patriots are usually firing on all cylinders, Brady’s side of the ball can’t even get their engine started. That frustration is wearing on the quarterback, and it showed after Sunday’s win.