New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady  

Opening remarks: It’s a great win. The defense played phenomenal, both defenses really well. Our defense just did a great job there at the end, and we just have to get back to work.

Q: Do you feel with your receivers banged up in some, you know, changing pieces on that offensive line, do you feel shorthanded right now, when you’re out there?

A: I think we’re all just trying to improve? We did the best we can do and today was, you know, we can do better than that. So, try to do better next week, figure out all the things that they did well. They did a lot of things well, and I’m glad we won. Glad we’re 4-0.

Q: You could’ve gone up 20-0, and you’re first and goal on the two, three yard line, and it looks like he’s open and then the corner peels off. Can you talk about that play?

A: Yeah, he made a really good play, and I just can’t let that happen. Just be smarter. You know, that’s – they do actually make a lot of those types of plays. This defense, they’re just, they have some secondary players that intercept the ball. And you know, you’re a little careless and you think you got someone, and windows close pretty quick. You know, Julian [Edelman] beat his guy, and then he fell off and made a good play, and that was a bad play by me, so can’t afford to give away points like that, but our defense made up for it.

Q: During the week, you talked about how the Bills defense makes you earn everything. Today, consistently, you guys really had poor starting field position, how much that really challenge things?

A: You know, I don’t think field position to me, doesn’t matter that much. Wherever we start, we start. We still have to move the ball for points. So, we just didn’t do a very good job, I would say, of consistently doing the right thing against a really good defense, that certainly plays well at home, but it’s good to win. Whether we win 45-40, or 45-3 or whatever it was, say 16-10, they all count the same. We just have to figure out how to do a better job on offense. Defense, I know they’re going to play great. They’re playing great all season long, and try to score more points than we did today.

Q: Would you describe yourself as kind of feeling under pressure today? Is that a fair description more so than maybe the first three games of the year?

A: I don’t think we did. You know, in any area of the game. Offensively, we struggled. They force a lot of teams to struggle, and if we’re going to score more points, then we have to do a lot better job than we did today. We didn’t, so that’s just the way it goes.

Q: How did you feel seeing Matthew Slater’s touchdown?  The first one of his career.

A: It was great. I was hoping to throw him one at some point. He might have had a shot in 11, on a post that he kind of fell down as he caught it, but it was great seeing him getting into the end zone. He’ll get to keep that ball.

Q: He’s on defense, J.C. Jackson, but he blocks a punts, makes two interceptions, one on the sidelines, and, you know, probably just keep playing winning game. You see him every day, what have you seen about his development?

A: Just does a great job. He does play scout team a lot, so we actually go against him a lot. Very talented. Just very, very skilled. And he’s obviously got great ball skills, as well. Fast, quick, you know, can’t make a mistake around him. So it’s hard to make a mistake against our defense. They’re playing really great football.

Q: Tom, I have to ask you on a day like today where the office does struggle. Is there any part of you that says, man, I wish we had Antonio Brown today?

A: I mean, those types of things are, you know, I just have to go out there and do the best job I can do, and I’ve been trying to do that for 20 years now. So it’s what I’ll try to do next week, it’s what I tried to do this week, try to the week before, and hopefully score more points.

Q: Is this just about what you expected defensively?

A: Yeah, they’re really good. They got a good defense. They’re going to be in a lot of games. They’re 3-0 for a reason, so to go on the road and beat a team that’s 3-0, is pretty good. We can certainly play better than we did. We have to get in the red area, we had some missed opportunities there, but we’ll go out and try to do a better job next week.

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick

Opening statement: Great team effort by our guys, really proud of our players. They stepped up, showed a lot of mental and physical toughness in this game. Obviously the Bills are a good football team, played very well, they have a lot of great players, well coached, tough. Our guys just started making more plays, and really competed for 60 minutes. We knew that’s what it’s going to take here, and they really responded to that. It’s good to get a division win on the road, and I’m really happy for our team, I’m really proud of the way they competed here. This was a tough football game, tough place to play.

Q: What did you think of Jaime Collins continuing his great play today, just the ability to not only create turnovers, but also spy Josh Allen?

A: Defensively it’s good. We had good team defense. I’m sure Jaime had a lot of great plays. I can’t see everybody out there, but he had a lot of great plays. It didn’t look like that ball was ever going to come down on the last interception, he almost fair caught it, and made the play. But, Jaime’s been doing a great job for us all year. With [Dont’a Hightower] out today, he took over the signal calling responsibilities. So, just whatever we’ve asked him to, he’s done a great job with it.

Q: You faced a great defense today, how much of the problems moving the ball was the blocking? Your blocking against Buffalo’s defense?

A: We know they have a great defense. They’re well coached, they’re strong in all three areas, defensive line, linebackers, and secondary. They do a great job with their disguise, and are a tough, physical football team. Yea, they do a good job. They made it hard on us, like they always do.

Q: On the blocked punt, J.C. [Jackson] was mentioning that was something you guys had worked on all week. What leads you to call it? Obviously, thinking it’s going to work, but what led you to call it at that point?

A: Yea, it was a great call by Joe [Judge] and Cam [Achord]. We talked about it before the game. We had good field position, they’re backed up, and they didn’t bring the gunners back in, so we just brought them off the edge. I think they started bringing them back in after that.

Q: With all the special teams in the game? That play obviously but others, what are your thoughts on that?

A: It was a big field position game and there were some turnovers in there that obviously impacted the field position but obviously [Andre] Roberts is top returner in the league. He does a great job so I thought our coverage teams are really challenged by him on both kickoff and punt coverage. He had a couple good runs on us. We had some good coverage on him but Jake [Jake Bailey] punted the ball well and made it tough on them near the sideline, gave us good hang time. They gave us good- Slater, Brooks, Bolden. Those guys covered well, but that’s tough, he’s tough and they’re good in the kicking game and everybody’s trying to battle their one-on-one matchups and still get to the best returner in the league, one of the best anyway.

Q: Do you think their defense did some adjusting with Barkley at the end of the game? He’s obviously a much different quarterback than Allen.

A: Yeah, it’s different. The offense really was the same on what they game planned for, they continued to do. Maybe a couple of adjustments but I think the players handled it well. They were on top of it and we kind of know what adjustments we need to make and basically on the pass rush.

Q: How would you describe the last play today on how we had to rewind on the quarterback when he intercepted?

A: We had blitz a couple plays earlier and I’m not really sure what happened on the protection, whether it was a hot throw or whether they thought that somebody was coming that didn’t come, I don’t know, you’ll have to ask them but that’s how it probably- it was a disguise and having everybody up there and like I said, we had blitz on the first and second down so this time, we backed out of it and I don’t know, they might have made a mistake in protection or something. 

Q: Matthew Slater has done a lot of things over his career that don’t get a lot of attention. Is it nice, as long as it happened in a win, to see him get a touchdown?

A: Yeah, it’s always good when you score a touchdown, okay. I don’t care who scores. Nobody works harder than Matt at his craft, and some great, great play by our special teams unit, they take so much pride in what they do. Joe and Cam do a great job with the play design, and the execution. Got a good jump on the ball, and J.C. [Jackson] made a great play, and Slater turned it into points. So, yea, I was ecstatic that we scored. I’m always happy when we score.

Q: Are you worried about [Stephen] Gostkowski, and do you think it’s time to bring someone in to at least push him a little bit?

A: Well, I think we’re all going to look back on this game and say ‘there are some things we can improve on.’ Certainly I know I feel that way. We have a hard working team, I have a lot of confidence in our team. We’ll just keep working hard to do things better, and do them better next week.

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