FOXBOROUGH — After scoring only 6 points against the Cincinnati Bengals, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady would not admit to being frustrated with the team’s offense Wednesday, saying instead that he’d take any amount of scoring right now.
“I just want us to score points, so whatever it takes to score points, that’s what matters,” Brady said. “I think you let your emotions get into it and feelings and so forth – I mean realistically, you have to come up with a plan. We have to figure out how to score points.
“I said after the game, we’re not going to win many games scoring 6 points. So, if we score 6 points this weekend, we probably won’t win. We’ve got to do a lot better than that.”
The Patriots (4-1) are averaging 19.0 points per game, which is 24th in the league. When they face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, they’ll be going up against a team that has held opponents to 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the NFL.
That defense is coupled with an offense that has Drew Brees (69.7 percent completion rate, 12 TDs, 4 INTs, 1,722 yards) at the helm, so putting together sustained scoring drives will be important for the Patriots come game day.
“I think we’ll try to put together any drive at this point to score points,” Brady said. “Long, short, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to score touchdowns. This defense really forces you into some long drives. I don’t think they’ve given up many big plays this year. They have played from the lead a bunch, which is why they probably have a lot of sacks, interceptions, and have been ahead in a lot of these games.
“We’ve got to try and score quickly, methodically, whatever it takes, because they have a good offense, they have a good team, they play well on special teams. We are going to have to play a very well-rounded game.”