By: Tom Cloutier
We're on to Pittsburgh.
Monday night's game was a tough one to watch. Tom Brady was intercepted on their opening drive and the Patriots managed just 6 yards of total offense in the first quarter, their least since 2001. I even turned the game off at halftime, but switched it back on in time to see Jay Cutler march his team up the field for a five-play touchdown drive. It didn't get much better from there. Instead of wallowing in despair this morning as I was watching the game last night, however, I woke up re-energized and re-invigorated, and I'll tell you why.
Don't get me wrong, I hate seeing my teams lose. But there are two things I absolutely live for after a disappointing loss: the Bill Belichick post-game press conference, and beating the piss out of the sorry suckers that happen to play the Pats the following week.
Belichick's postgame with the press was on for the ages. While we didn't get any soundbites as good as "We're on to Cincinnati", he did give us something almost as good, deafening silence. One ambitious reporter asked the coach if he thought they might have been looking past Miami at the next game on their schedule, instead of focusing on the Dolphins. Belichick shook the question off with such disdain you would've thought the reporter asked if Bill thought the Dolphin's used voodoo magic to win the game. He responded with 10 seconds of silence before asking the room of reporters if anyone actually had any questions about the game. Classic Bill, but the only person more pissed off than Belichick after any loss, is Tom Brady.
Activate angry Brady mode!
Brady plays with a chip on his shoulder ever day of his life and that chip gets even bigger after a loss. You think I want the Patriots going into Pittsburgh comfortable with a nice cushy win streak, coming in all jovial from tropical Miami. No. Give me a pissed off Brady and a team that has been torn apart by Belichick all week. Give me a hungry team, with something to prove. That's the Patriots team I love to watch, and that's the team we've got going against the Steelers this weekend.
Since 2001, The Patriots are 40-11 in games following a loss. The last time they lost back to back game was the end of the 2015 regular season, and it's only happened seven other times in 17 seasons. Only once have they lost more than 2 in a row in the Brady-Belichick era, when they went on a four game skid in 2002, their down year sandwiched in between three Superbowl titles.
Every time Brady falls, he picks himself right back up by his own bootstraps ready to strike down the next opponent he faces with fiery vengeance.
I'll tell you one thing for sure, next Sunday is gonna be a bad day to be a Steeler.
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