FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are ranked last in the NFL in red-zone performance. And Tom Brady says he's one of the main culprits.
In Sunday's 23-3 win over Tampa Bay, he failed on three straight plays with the ball at the Buccaneers' 6-yard line. Two poorly thrown balls to Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins were incompletions. Then Brady threw into coverage where Mark Barron intercepted the ball just inside the goal line.
The Patriots' performance inside the 20 should improve once tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola return. Neither gave any hint Wednesday of whether they would be back Sunday at Atlanta. Both practiced on a limited basis. Gronkowski is recovering from forearm and back surgery, while Amendola has a groin injury.
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