Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
It was all set up.
Entering the 2013 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had thrown at least one touchdown pass in 48 consecutive games, the second-longest such streak in NFL history.
The owner of the record is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who achieved the feat in 54 straight games. Conveniently, the NFL schedule makers had the Patriots and Saints playing the sixth game of the season against each other.
Get the picture yet?
So if Brady could throw at least one touchdown pass in his first five outings this season, he could tie Brees’ mark when the Saints traveled to New England in Week 6.
Obviously, the only record the Cincinnati Bengals were interested in was 3-2. And they not only beat the Patriots, but they also ended Brady’s touchdown streak at 52 games.
Then again, Brady didn't even seem that interested either, via Joe Kay of the AP (h/t Boston.com): “I'm bummed that we lost. I think that’s all that really matters.”
As for that loss, it was the first of the season for New England. They continue to play solid defense, even without defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, but the offense is a work in progress.
And progress needs to be made.