New England Patriots

They may have been worked into his contract tweaks, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he’s not overly worried about his own statistical achievements, instead citing pure wins and losses as the only thing he really cares about.

“I’m not really a big stat guy,” Brady said at his weekly press conference on Friday. “I’m into wins. Wins is the one and that’s what we’re here for. There’s a lot of ways you can evaluate stats and so forth. Winning the game is what’s most important.”

Well, what about completion percentage?

“You could throw a ball away instead of taking a sack and it looks like you have a low completion percentage but you’re making a good play for the team,” Brady offered. “I just have to make good plays for the team and that part of it is just good, solid football and making good decisions, throwing to the guys who are open. Sometimes ending a drive with a punt is not a bad thing when you consider a lot of other factors, it’s just – that’s part of football, making good decisions.”

OK, so that’s an ‘I don’t care’ on completion percentage.

So, what about touchdown-to-interception ratio?

“The ratio is not as big of a deal as the interceptions because I think the turnovers are what hurts you,” Brady, who has thrown 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season, said. “If you turn the ball over, you’re not giving yourself an opportunity to score. Whether you throw it in from the 1 [yard line] or hand it off on the 1, a touchdown’s a touchdown. But interceptions are tough to overcome if you’re giving the defense a lot of chances to score more points.”

The 41-year-old’s sole focus seems to be on the New York Jets, though, and for good reason too, as a win on Sunday guarantees the Patriots a much-needed first-round bye by way of their 11-5 record.

“I think playing well this week’s been the focus, and anything beyond that, we haven’t even talked about for good reason,” Brady remarked. “I would say it’s tough to win a game and this is a tough one and we’ve got to focus on this 100 percent, which we have, and just be prepared to go out and play our best. I think a good 60-minute game is still out there for us and that’s what we’re working to do and this would be a good time to do it.”