Tom Brady: 'We have to be at our best throughout season'

New England Patriots' Tom Brady in action on August 16, 2013
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warns his teammates that they have to produce their best football throughout the season.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has warned his teammates that anything other than their best efforts will not be good enough come the regular season.

Bill Belichick's side were hammered 40-9 in their pre-season clash with the Detroit Lions as they turned the ball over four times in their defeat.

Brady told radio station WEEI: "The margin of error is always slim in the NFL, as we know.

"When you don't play good football on the road against teams that have superstar-quality players at a lot of positions, that's the way it goes.

"And it doesn't take much. And it doesn't take much in a half to get down like we got down. Things just happen quickly."

New England open their regular season campaign against the Buffalo Bills on September 8.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines during the game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 16, 2013
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