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 of tricks Kendarius Webster Jersey NFL Draft , and wide receiver Julian Edelman threw to a wide-open Tom Brady.The three-time NFL MVP stumbled toward the first-down marker only to be stopped a yard shy by Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard. Then right tackle Marcus Cannon false started before Logan Ryan, a former Patriots cornerback, knocked down Brady's fourth-down pass to Edelman.Brady spent the rest of the game on the sideline, watching Brian Hoyer mop up Sunday after a very ugly and uncharacteristic performance in a 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans."It's hard to win in the NFL," Brady said when asked about being pulled. "You can't take it for granted. And I think it's hard to win. If you don't play well, you don't win."Brady was 21 of 41 for 254 yards, and this was the second time in three games he finished without throwing a TD pass.The Patriots (7-3) snapped a six-game winning streak with the offense sputtering and not performing up to their own standards against a team that hadn't beaten New England since Dec. 16, 2002.New England came in ranked fourth in the NFL in averaging 30 points a game, and the Patriots hadn't scored less than 25 points in each of the past six games. Tight end Rob Gronkowski sat out for the third time in four games with ankle and back injuries, but they did get back rookie running back Sony Michel.Yet New England was held to just 40 yards rushing, and Tennessee outgained the Patriots 385-284 in total offense. Worse, the Titans led 17-3 at the end of the first quarter, and New England managed only one touchdown drive the entire game. Coach Bill Belichick said the Titans did better than his Patriots in every facet of the game.The Patriots also had allowed only 13 sacks this season coming in, yet allowed a season-high three sacks to the Titans who also hit Brady six other times. Woodyard, an inside linebacker, led the Titans with 1陆 sacks and three hits on Brady."We didn't do really much of anything well today, so everything was a problem," Belichick said of the pass protection.Left tackle Trent Brown left briefly in the first half and was questionable to return because of illness. He was back for the start of the third quarter before leaving for good with an injured back. LaAdrian Waddle replaced him. Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen also hurt a knee.But Michel managed only 31 yards on 11 carries Kendarius Webster Jersey Buffalo Bills Jersey , and the Patriots didn't have a run longer than 9 yards."We just couldn't get in a rhythm," Michel said. "We just have to execute better."Former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has struggled, giving up touchdown passes through the first half of the season. Tennessee kept second-year cornerback Adoree Jackson on Josh Gordon, and Brady threw 12 passes to Gordon. The receiver finished with only four catches for 81 yards 鈥?44 on the Patriots' opening drive on one completion.Gordon said Jackson has a lot of promise in the NFL, but that the offense seemed a little rushed."It's tough for me to give good perspective," Gordon said. "I'm not looking back and seeing the defensive line, but I think that's partially due to the fact I felt a little rushed."Seeing Brady on the sideline for the final two series surprised Ryan, who had never seen the Patriots quarterback not finish a game during his four seasons in New England."I've been on the other side with him, and teams lose focus and he's able to come back from 28-3," Ryan said referring to 2017 when the Patriots rallied to beat Atlanta in the first overtime in the history of the Super Bowl.The Patriots went three-and-out four times and settled for a pair of 52-yard field goals, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski pushed the second just wide left. They converted only 3 of 15 on third down."We just got outplayed," said Edelman, who finished with nine catches for 104 yards.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker Demaryius Thomas has crossed paths with New England 10 times since entering the league."Demaryius Thomas went against the New England Patriots on 10 occasions while a member of the Denver Broncos.He was targeted on more than 100 occasions in the process.The Denver quarterbacks throwing Thomas the ball ranged from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning to Brock Osweiler to Trevor Siemian. The New England cornerbacks taking on his routes included Kyle Arrington, Devin McCourty, Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard, Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner Color Rush Kendarius Webster Jersey , Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler, Eric Rowe and Stephon Gilmore.“He’s a great player. He’s made a lot of great plays in this league,” Gilmore told reporters of Thomas following the five-time Pro Bowl wideout’s arrival last week, via “He’s tough to cover, tough to bring down – those are a couple things that stand out with him. Strong, explosive, so hopefully he can help us win games.”Thomas and the Broncos went 1-7 in the regular season and 2-1 in the postseason versus the Patriots. The No. 22 overall pick that New England sent Josh McDaniels’ way during the 2010 NFL draft found the end zone in three of those meetings.Thomas would eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark four times in all, once finishing within shouting distance of 200 yards on a stop by Gillette Stadium.MEETINGS WITH NEW ENGLANDDec. 18, 2011: 13 targets, 7 catches, 116 yardsJan. 14, 2012: 10 targets, 6 catches, 93 yardsOct. 7, 2012: 11 targets, 9 catches, 180 yardsNov. 24 Youth Kendarius Webster Jersey , 2013: 9 targets, 4 catches, 41 yards, 1 touchdownJan. 19, 2014: 10 targets, 7 catches, 134 yards, 1 touchdownNov. 2, 2014: 11 targets, 7 catches, 127 yardsNov. 29, 2015: 13 targets, 1 catch, 36 yardsJan. 24, 2016: 7 targets, 2 catches, 12 yardsDec. 18, 2016: 11 targets Womens Kendarius Webster Jersey , 7 catches, 91 yardsNov. 12, 2017: 8 targets, 5 catches, 44 yards, 1 touchdownThomas brings a total of 55 receptions for 874 yards and touchdowns on a fade, a stutter post and an in-cut against New England with him.The quietest stretch over that Patriots sample size came between the 2015 regular season and subsequent playoffs, when Thomas was limited to three receptions for 48 yards on 20 passes sent his direction. The loudest stretch came from December 2011 on through the AFC title bout of January 2014 at Mile High, and it saw the Georgia Tech product average 115 yards through six matchups.Whether Thomas can show shades of that past production is the next matchup.The longtime Bronco and recent Houston Texan is operating under a one-year Patriots pact that carries a $1.2 million base salary, a $150,000 signing bonus, a $150,000 workout bonus and a steep staircase of incentives. He turned 31 years old and suffered his second career torn Achilles in late December. He is no given.But there is something to be said for familiarity. The Patriots have gotten to know Thomas well from afar.And to the tune of nearly 16 yards allowed per catch.