CLEVELAND -- While giving the Cleveland Browns credit for a strong defensive performance, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also touched on the struggles of the offense he leads.
"If we play the way we played today, we're not going to beat anybody," he said.
Brady finished 19-of-36 for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. At times, his throws were off the mark. Other times, he seemed to be searching for any open target as the Patriots' pass-catchers struggled to shake free. Then there were other times when the Browns' different defensive schemes created pressure.
"We were out of sync a little bit," Brady said. "You've got to take advantage of scoring opportunities. You've got to convert on third down. We just didn't do enough to advance the ball so we've got to figure out the problems."
Brady acknowledged that rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski's fumble at the end of the second quarter was a "big play" -- it negated a chance to close to 17-14 with the Patriots getting the ball at the start of the third quarter -- but he added that "you don't lose because of one play."
Brady was then asked about the offense's inability to put points on the scoreboard.
"We've got a bunch of talented players and I'd like to think that we have guys who can make plays," he said. "We certainly make a lot of plays out there but we just didn't do it consistently today. That's the frustrating part. You do it right once, the next time, you just don't do it right. That's something that leads to three-and-outs and to not being able to sustain drives.
"It is Week 9 and we've got a lot of work ahead. I don't think that we are a finished product right now. We have to do things better in all areas, including the quarterback."