Pats QB Brady readies for loud crowd at Wembley
With the experience of playing in London still fresh in his mind, Tom Brady has been focusing on some special preparations for his return to
the British capital.
The New England Patriots (4-3) will play a regular-season game in
London for the second time in four years on Sunday when they face the
St. Louis Rams (3-4) at Wembley Stadium, the iconic venue that is the
home of England's national soccer team.
''It was loud last time,'' Brady said Friday, remembering back to 2009
when the Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7 in the NFL's
annual trip across the pond. ''You never really know when they're going
to be cheering, so you got to prepare for both without crowd noise and
with crowd noise.''
A sellout crowd of more than 80,000 is expected for the sixth NFL
regular-season game at Wembley.
The Patriots arrived in London on Friday morning, three days after the
Rams made their way over to Britain. Although they did not schedule a
practice session for Friday afternoon, coach Bill Belichick said the
team still had a lot of work to do.
''We'll get done what we feel like we can get done,'' Belichick said.
''Today is kind of a transition day for us.
''Normally it's the middle of the night for us. But it's not, it's
early in the morning. So try to spend the day as the day and then sleep
the night and hopefully tomorrow our body clocks will be back on normal
New England's three losses this season have been by a combined four
points, but two of them came against NFC West opponents - the same
division the Rams play in.
Last week, the Patriots beat the visiting New York Jets 29-26 in
For Brady, the key this weekend will be trying to keep things as normal
''The most important thing is using these next few days to prepare and
not necessarily get distracted by all the different things that you
could possibly go out and do,'' Brady said. ''It's not like this is a
Not only is this a work trip, it's an important one.
''You look at this game as a very critical point in our season. If we
can just get to 5-3, we feel like we're at a decent point,'' Brady
said, looking ahead to next week's bye. ''You can move forward with
mental toughness and play Patriot football.''
Belichick is also all about the work at hand.
When asked by local media about football's impact overseas, the
Patriots coach was less than eager to get involved in the discussion,
saying ''I have no idea.'' A few minutes later, he was asked about
racism in soccer, which has been a hot topic in Britain over the last
year with several high-profile cases.
''I don't know anything about the soccer league here,'' Belichick said
in his usual monotone voice.
How about having a full-time NFL franchise based in London?
''Yeah, I'm not really sure,'' Belichick said. ''I'm just trying to
coach a team that I'm on. And I don't really know about all the rest of
But if you want to talk football - or American football, at least -
you'll get plenty about Sunday's game, even if it's not exactly
''The Rams present a lot of issues. They're very good defensively,
fast, good pass rush team, good coverage team, got a lot of good
corners,'' Belichick said. ''Offensively, running backs are very
talented ... they got explosive receivers, good kicking game, good
punter, good kicker, good returner. They're good in every area of the
This weekend's NFL game will be the first in London since the city
hosted the 2012 Olympics. Wembley Stadium was used for some soccer
matches, including the men's and women's gold-medal games, while the
adjacent Wembley Arena hosted badminton and rhythmic gymnastics.
Brady said he watched the London Games on TV, but he was somewhat
stumped when asked what Olympic sport would suit him best.
''I'm not the most athletic person in the world,'' Brady said, ''but I
got a decent arm so it works for me as an NFL quarterback.''
Brady Preps For Loud Wembley Crowd
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