At least that's what it looks like on paper. Brady went 19 for 39 for 185 yards with one touchdown, making it the first game in four years that he's completed less than half of his passes.
But now take a look at something else -- that photo above showing Brady's reaction to an incomplete pass in the second quarter. And that's one of several times Brady uncharacteristically let his emotions show on the field and the sideline.
The three-time Super Bowl champ had reason to be frustrated. Not only was most of the game played in a downpour, but injuries and off-season developments left the Patriots with a group of receivers that included a trio of rookies -- Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce.
While Dobson did make the first touchdown catch of his career, overall the group struggled to get on the same page as the future Hall of Famer tossing the ball in their direction.
But Brady acknowledged after the game that he could have handled his emotions better on the field.
“I think I have to do a better job with my body language," Brady said. "I definitely can improve that. I wouldn't say it's a real strong point of mine right now. We'll just try to keep doing better. That's what we've got to do.”
Kudos to him also for saying "we" have to improve, rather than "they" -- even though he's the one with five Super Bowl appearances and they have a mere two NFL games under their belts.
“We have to evaluate and try to get it right,” Brady said. “It just doesn't magically come together. You have to work hard at it and you have to concentrate. All of us have to do a better job at that. The passing game is all about anticipation. They have to anticipate what I'm going to do and I have to anticipate what they're going to do. We can do a better job of that.”
He added of his new receivers: "It's unrealistic for them to feel like they can do it like 10-year veterans. That's not what they are. But they're trying hard and they work real hard and they have a lot of skill.”