Brady: No one coming to rescue struggling Patriots
Quarterback Tom Brady knows it will take a while to get in sync with his rookie receivers but the issue did not stop the New England Patriots claiming their second win of the season with a 13-10 victory over the New York Jets.
The 14-year veteran threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to one of those newcomers, finding a wide-open Aaron Dobson, but saw a string of other attempted passes dropped with Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Zach Sudfeld all unavailable.
Thirteen of Brady's 19 completed passes went to veteran Julian Edelman, who fared far better than rookies Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.
"It's unrealistic for them to feel like they can do it like 10-year veterans. That's not what they are," Brady said. "But they're trying hard and they work real hard and they have a lot of skill."
The Patriots punted 11 times and managed just nine first downs after leading the NFL in points and yards last season. Only two of their 16 possessions gained more than 22 yards.
"We have a long way to go," said Brady, who completed 19 of 39 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown. "No one is coming to [our] rescue to save the day, so we've just got to fight through it."
The Jets cut the Patriots' lead to 13-10 after Bilal Powell's three-yard touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the third quarter. But Geno Smith threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, two to Aqib Talib and one to Alfonzo Dennard. Talib's second with 38 seconds left sealed the victory.
"During that time in the game, you've got to be more mindful of the situation," Smith said. "With the costly mistakes, that was completely on me."
After Talib's last interception, players from both sides scuffled, and two Jets, Willie Colon and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, were ejected.
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