"Losses always find a way to recalibrate how you see yourself," Brady told reporters. "We obviously have a lot of work to do. Tonight obviously wasn't good enough. When you get beat by 17 points, that's not what we're all about. Give the Ravens credit; they played really well. They took advantage of their opportunities, and that is what it takes."
Brady threw for 285 yards and one touchdown against one interception, struggling to make connections downfield against a stout Ravens defense. He watched on as Lamar Jackson led an explosive attack on the opposite sideline, as he accounted for three touchdowns and the Ravens rushed for 210 yards as a team.
The Patriots got down early and essentially abandoned the run, with Brady throwing 46 times compared to 17 rush attempts. Most of those runs went to James White in an attempt to keep the Ravens defense honest.
"We just thought that they'd give us the best approach to win," Brady said. "Guys were out there playing hard. We went with the guys that we thought would give us the best chance to win, and those guys played hard. Everybody has to contribute at some point and come in and take advantage of the opportunities when they get them."
The loss marked New England's first of the season but arguably exposed the team's lack of ability to play in a shootout. Brady, 42, has not performed anywhere close to his peak this season, struggling with downfield throws while posting the lowest touchdown rate of his career. From a statistical perspective, it's the second consecutive season he's declined since winning the 2017 MVP.
The defense's historical greatness has been enough to keep New England high among the contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens made that unit look mortal for the first time this season, with Jackson accounting for three touchdowns in a game that never appeared to be in question.
With Brady throwing just four touchdowns in his last four games, he's going to have to pick up his own play after the bye to avoid a second-half swoon.