For the first time in three years, Tom Brady will openly root against Randy Moss on Sunday when the Patriots host Minnesota at Gillette Stadium. Formerly Brady's No. 1 target, Moss is now a member of the Vikings after New England traded him back to the team that originally drafted him in 1998.
"I'm glad I don't have to defend him," Brady said. "I'm sure he'll want to come out and have a great game against us. It's a very talented team that we're playing. They have guys at each position that are all exceptional players — offense, defense, special teams. It's a very talented team — very similar to last week in San Diego in that they certainly have a ton of talent and could very easily be 6-0 as well.
"It's going to be a challenging week for all of us, especially defensively, defending all the things they have to defend over there."
Moss' motivation is simple — revenge. As for the Patriots, they're in particularly good spirits returning home following a trip to San Diego in which they won despite not playing their best football. The challenge against Minnesota is to avoid the proverbial letdown (the Vikings are just 2-4) and avoid getting sucked into the weekly Brett Favre soap opera.
"We don't get away with much," Brady said. "(Head coach Bill Belichick) holds us to a pretty high standard, and I think by the film session we watched (Tuesday), in regards to our game against San Diego, you wouldn't have thought we had won that game by his coaching.
"He's trying to make sure we know exactly what the truth is. We have to play a lot better than we played last week on offense. We're going to have to go out and have a great week of practice. This defense presents some different challenges than the defense we faced, but that doesn't stop us from what we need to do execution wise. As a group, we've got to go out and do a better job."
The Vikings might be a bit desperate Sunday, but, according to Brady, so are the Patriots. They're still chasing the New York Jets, who are also 5-1 and have already beaten New England, so every game is equally important to them, too.
"They're trying to win every game anyway," Brady said of the Vikings. "I don't think it's, 'We're going to put a lot into it this week.' I mean, they've been trying to win all season. I'm sure they're not off to the start that they want, but there's still a lot of football left.
"You can always turn things around. You start getting hot at the right time; that's what it takes. We were 5-5 at one point and won the Super Bowl. You have to think that every team is still in it. There's no team that's eliminated with a team as talented as this. They're going to be in it. I know that."
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