Tom Brady responds to Dion Lewis' 'cheap' comment after loss to Titans

The New England Patriots headed to Nashville for a matchup on Sunday with the Tennessee Titans, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who gave Tennessee much of a shot. But in one of the more unexpected results of the 2018 season, Tennessee woodshedded New England 34-10, throwing the Patriots a beatdown in a way we rarely see.

“That’s what happens when you go cheap”

In the aftermath of the game, Titans running back Dion Lewis, a former Patriot, gloated at the defeat of his old squad. “It’s a real sweet win, you know, especially when you used to be there and they didn’t want to bring you back,” Lewis said. “That’s what happens when you go cheap. You get your ass kicked.” (Lewis signed a four-year, $23 million deal with Tennessee earlier this year, a deal he never could have gotten in New England.)

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline after leaving the game in the second half of the Patriots' 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, center, is sacked by a group of Tennessee Titans defenders in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
El wide receiver de los Titans de Tennessee Tajae Sharpe no puede quedarse con un pase mientras lo observa el cornerback de los Patriots de Nueva Inglaterra Jason McCourty en la primera mitad del juego del domingo 11 de noviembre de 2018 en Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Foto/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan (26) is congratulated after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
Injured New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, center, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) catches a 23-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/James Kenney)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles away from New England Patriots defensive end Keionta Davis (58) in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks a field goal during Tennessee's 34-10 win over New England on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs after making a catch during Tennessee's 34-10 win over New England on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey (99) and Tennessee Titans linebacker Harold Landry (58) during Tennessee's 34-10 win over New England on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) carries for a touchdown during Tennessee's 34-10 win over New England on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) congratulates Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 34-10. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) leaves the field after the Titans beat the New England Patriots in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans won 34-10. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
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“I give them credit”

Poking the Patriots bear always seems like a bad idea, and it’s likely this will come back to bite future New England opponents, but for now, the Patriots just have to take it. On his weekly WEEI segment, Tom Brady struck an “oh, well” note.

“It’s an emotional thing. I think people have different emotional feelings,” he said. “Dion had a great career here. It’s hard to see great players go and I know it’s not the first time it’s happened, it has happened to a lot of guys. I am sure when they go to different places they want to beat us, absolutely. I can understand that emotion. We’ve had guys come from other teams and they have wanted to beat that team. It’s just part of the sport.”

Naturally, anyone expecting Brady to air out any grievances on-air and not on the field went away disappointed. “I give them credit, they beat us. When you win, you can say a lot of things. That is the reality of winning. We’ll just take our lumps and try and learn from them. And come out here and do a lot better job the next six weeks.”

Somehow we think the Patriots are going to be just fine, but you can bet that every opponent from here forward will be studying that Titans tape like it’s gospel.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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