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Tom Brady explains why the flight home from Buffalo sucked after the Patriots win over Bills
Safety Micah Hyde joined WGR this week to talk about what he has seen in the team through four weeks of play. After facing the first loss of the season to the Patriots, Hyde understands what this team is capable of with the talent in the locker room.

We do feel good, Hyde said. I know we took a loss; it was a hard fought loss. But at the end of the day, we know what we have in this locker room. No one is backing down. No one is thinking the season is over, we are 3-1. We are fine and we are ready to bounce back next week at Tennessee.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw his first interception of the season against the Bills on a 93-yard drive. Hyde was in the end zone to pick the pass off and said the interception had to do with film study.

Buffalo made the future Hall of Fame quarterback uncomfortable all afternoon, leading him to commit three intentional grounding penalties (One of which was even called!). While much has been made about how poorly Josh Allen played, the 23-year old second-year man wasnt the only quarterback to struggle against a stifling defense on Sunday. Brady only manged to complete 18-of-39 passes for 150 yards and one interception on the afternoon. Of those 18 completions, half of them went to running backs. When Brady targeted his receivers, he only completed nine passes for 86 yards. The Bills never sacked Brady, but they made him throw off schedule and they made him move his feet. They also mixed their coverages well enough to make him unsure of his first read, an impressive feat for a defense. They stopped Brady for much of the day, but they were unable to convert that positive into a victory.

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Its an amazing feeling to go out there and make a play, Hyde explained. To get a pick on a play where I looked at Poyer and said Im going to get this, stay back. Then, I go and get it. You put in all that film study and its just rewarding. Thats why I love the game of football.

Buffalos defense has held opposing offenses to under 400 yards in 16-straight games, the second longest streak in the NFL. Brady finished Sundays game with 150 passing yards and a 45.9 rating. Hyde believes the defense is playing so well because of their IQ.

New Englands leading receiver was its pass-catching specialist out of the backfield. He did the most damage on New Englands second drive, converting a third-and-nine by catching a 14-yard pass, and then converting another third down (this time a third-and-five) by making a spectacular catch on a 26-yard wheel route. The drive ended in New Englands only offensive touchdown of the day. White caught eight passes for 57 yards on the day, adding one carry for one yard on the ground. His two big plays in the first quarter represented nearly all of his offensive output for the day, but they were two huge plays in the game.

I think on this defense we have a lot of instinctive guys, a lot of guys that anticipate routes and plays, Hyde said. I think thats why we are so successful right now.

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The veteran managed to take all 65 of New Englands offensive snaps, and he acquitted himself well against defensive end Jerry Hughes. The Bills only managed three hits on Brady, and Hughes didnt have any of them. Newhouse had some help throughout the day, but he spent a lot of time one-on-one with Buffalos best pass rusher. Holding Hughes to two tackles overall is a win for New England.

Sports Illustrated and The MMQB NFL analyst Andy Benoit joined One Bills Live to talk about what he has seen from Buffalos defense so far this season.

Given those misfortunes for the Bills, the final score probably should have been worse. However, a great effort by Buffalos defense not only kept the Bills in the game, but gave them an opportunity to win it on the teams final offensive drive.

Ive liked what Ive seen from Buffalo the last four Sundays, Benoit said. They have been tremendous to watch on film. I think they look like the best coached defense in the NFL so far.

Benoit thinks the defense is playing at such a high level because of the way they understand the scheme.

They play fast across the board and they play fundamentally sound football, Benoit said. Those two things are symptomatic of players who feel very comfortable in a scheme. I think its a relatively simple scheme from the defensive perspective. I dont think it looks so simple from an offensive perspective.

They dont blitz a lot in Buffalo, they didnt blitz a lot in Carolina when McDermott was running that defense, Benoit explained. When they do blitz it is highly efficient and highly effective. Just watching the film when they blitz, far more often than not, they get some kind of benefit out of that.

Tremaine Edmunds would be the first one (that stands out), said Benoit. I think he can be a top five linebacker real soon. He looked lost in his rookie season, he probably was lost, he was really young and got rushed into the lineup. He improved a lot last year each week, he looked smarter and more comfortable. This year, not only does he look smarter and more comfortable, there is an assertiveness to him. He is almost dictating parts of the game now. His coverage awareness has really improved.

No player has improved his awareness more in the last year than @BuffaloBills LB Tremaine Edmunds (@maine_savage23).

Head coach Sean McDermott made it clear that there are no moral victories. Even though the Bills had opportunities to win against the Patriots, it didnt count on the win column once the score went final. In year three, McDermott wants his teams mindset to change to expecting to win every game.

We want to win every game, right? McDermott said. Were highly competitive people and I believe were changing a mindset here as well as the culture and part of changing the culture is changing the mindset of expecting to (win) instead of hoping to.

I believe thats the direction were headed, McDermott explained. Anytime you lose from the time youre this tall to the time youre a pro football player in this case, its hard. But its important that you keep your mind about yourself and you take ownership of your part, your 1/11th of it, and then you apply it next week to grow stronger.

If theres was one player on New Englands roster who wasnt celebrating after the Patriots win on Sunday, its definitely Tom Brady. Yes, the Patriots escaped Buffalo with a 16-10 win, but Brady probably wont be bragging about his performance anytime soon and thats because the quarterback threw for just 150 yards, while also throwing zero touchdown passes along with one interception. The game marked just the third time since the beginning of the 2016 season that Brady has been held to 150 yards or less. 

Although Brady spent some time celebrating the win on social media Monday, he had a much different reaction during an interview on Westwood One Radio. Apparently, Brady was so upset with his performance in Buffalo that it ruined his flight home. 

“Yeah, I mean, the flight home [on Sunday] sucked. The night of sleep sucked,” Brady said, via NBC Sports Boston. “You watch the film, and that sucks, and then you just lick your wounds, and you get up and you try to do better the next week.”

Even though Brady was upset with himself, he was able to see the silver lining: The Patriots were able to win even though he struggled. 

“Weve lost a lot of games playing poorly, and sometimes, when you dont play well on offense, but you play well defensively, you win,” Brady said. “Were not just going to give that game away and say it should have been a loss. Look, our defense is playing great. Our offense has played pretty well over the course of the season. We just didnt play well [on Sunday] on the road in Buffalo, which a lot of teams have struggled there over the years. Weve struggled there over the years, even when weve had some spectacular seasons.”

In a separate interview with WEEI in Boston, Brady admitted that he was having “mixed emotions” about the win. 

“I am frustrated when we dont play well,” Brady said. “I am frustrated when we dont score points. I am happy when we win. Its a lot of mixed emotions. I think when you win a game its never like, Man, I am 100 percent in great spirits. Certainly when you lose sometimes its not like I am 100 percent negative. I am trying to be realistic about how I felt out there with how the game was going and our rhythm. I am just dealing with a lot of different emotions, the ups and downs, the mental grind of the game, the physical grind of the game. Its a lot of mixed emotions.”

Brady probably shouldnt be too concerned with his performance and thats because the Bills just seem to have his number. The game on Sunday marked the third straight year that Brady has gone to Buffalo and thrown zero touchdown passes. As a matter of fact, in Bradys last 25 games, hes only been held without a touchdown pass four times, and three of those have come in Buffalo. 

“Im very happy were 4-0,” Brady said. “But theres definitely things we can improve on that were going to need to improve on, and the way to do that is to go out there and practice every week, and try to evaluate the things that you havent done a good job at and see if you can correct them, and if you cant correct them, then you throw them out, you dont try them again, and thats how it goes as the season goes along.”

The good news for Brady is that he should be getting somewhat of a breather this week. After taking a beating in Buffalo, the Patriots will be traveling to Washington to face a Redskins team thats surrendering 399.3 yards per game this year, which is the fifth-worst total in the NFL. 

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