FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A week after debate began as to whether the Patriots' well-balanced offense in 2012 is perhaps better than the record-setting attack of 2007, questions are now arising as to whether or not the team has what it takes to close out tight games on offense.
The team was unable to finish the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6, stumbling to a 3-3 record.
Quarterback Tom Brady was asked about the reactionary nature to football analysis, and stressed the importance of staying focused on the task at hand -- the upcoming opponent.
"It's because you only play once a week, [there's] a lot to talk about over the course of those seven days," Brady said. "I think it's important for us players not to ride the roller-coaster of emotions that your family may have, or your friends may have, or the questions that we get.
"I think the important thing is that you keep trying to improve and get better and focus on the opponent, not what's being said or what you hear," Brady added. "Or everyone tells you you're great, or everyone tells you you suck. You just try to say 'well, this is where we are at, this is what my coach thinks, this is what we're going to try to do, and this is how we are going to try to win this game.'"
Though the Patriots remain tied atop the AFC East, as all four teams currently have a 3-3 record, they're just four points away -- the combined margin of defeat in their three losses -- from standing unblemished at 6-0. Brady was asked about assessing the state of his team from two schools of thought: the old adage of "you are what your record says you are" (popularized by former Patriots head coach Bill Parcells), or the idea that his team is a narrow margin away from being undefeated.
"There's seven teams in the AFC that are 3-3, there are seven that are below 3-3, and there's two that are better than us. We played one of those [Baltimore], and we were up nine points with however long to go, and the other team [Houston] got beat by a bunch of points the other night," he said.
"So who are you, it's week-to-week, it all depends on how well you play. Every week is going to be something different, so you can sit here and say we're the greatest team ever, we're the worst team of all time, compare this year to last year. We're 3-3, we haven't earned a better record than that, we haven't played well enough and consistently enough to be better than that."
"But I don't think six games defines a season, and I think that what will define our season is what we do over the next 10 weeks."