Making his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, Tom Brady had a win to talk about for the first time in three weeks, as the Patriots pulled away in the second half for a 52-28 victory over the Bills on Sunday that evened their record at 2-2.
"We took advantage of some opportunities we got in the second half that we didn't take advantage of in the first half," Brady said. "In the first half we were very much up and down. We have yet to really play a 60-minute game. We played 30 minutes yesterday, 30 pretty good minutes -- offensively and defensively, special teams, we covered kicks, we ran the ball well, we were efficient in the passing game, we got a lot of turnovers on defense. That's a winning formula. That's what obviously has been lacking the last few weeks, is our ability to take advantage when we get the opportunities from the opposing team. I thought we did a great job of that yesterday."
The defense delivered a couple of big hits Sunday, including a fumble-causing blow by linebacker Brandon Spikes just before halftime when the Bills were closing in on the goal line.
"I love being on the team with Brandon Spikes," Brady said. "What he does for our defense, and creating fumbles and really the hard-hitting presence that he is in the middle of the field … Brandon brings that physical element. To knock the ball off [C.J.] Spiller like he did was awesome. And that play he made against Arizona where he knocked the fumble off of, I don't remember the name of the back, but that was one of the best plays I've ever seen anyone make.
"He has a nose for the ball, he has a nose for knocking the ball out. That was a huge play in the game yesterday."
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On the Patriots taking advantage of Buffalo's smaller personnel packages in the second half: "That's what we have to do. If teams want to leave their nickel groupings on the field, then we've got to be able to -- we ran for what, 250 yards or 240 yards, something like that? It was a great effort by the offensive line, who played just great yesterday against a defensive front that really improved itself over the course of the offseason. … Our offensive line really met the challenge. I think you give those guys all the credit in the world to create holes for the running backs, who also did a great job running the ball, finding the holes, taking care of the football, running with good pad level, breaking tackles, yards after contact.
"We really got challenged by our coach, who really wanted us to run the ball better than we've been running the ball, and I thought those guys really answered the call."
On the hit on his knee by Kyle Williams: "I've got a knee brace on. Kyle's a hell of a player. Certainly, that's part of the game. And that's why I wear a knee brace. I honestly don't think about it at all. I'm really removed from that experience. You just take the precaution, you try to use good technique back there in the pocket. I'm glad everything's OK."
On Vince Wilfork's wife texting her husband advice during the game: "That works for Vince, obviously. What an incredible player he is. And Bianca does know football. She always lets me know what we needed to do after the game, so I appreciate that, too."
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