"These are the games we look forward to" - TB

Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady addresses the media... photo courtesy Joshua Powers
Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady was all about Denver during his radio appearance on WEEI this week, as the Patriots look forward to Sunday's game against veteran quarterback Payton Manning.

"He’s playing great, He’s got some great statistics. He obviously has great command. ... Our defense has our work cut out for us. These are the games we look forward to. You play the best, you want to see where you match up. We have our chance this weekend.”

Brady was also there to talk about his relationship with Manning, one that he says isn't really "personal" but rather more courteous.

"As a professional relationship, he’s probably one of my better friends in the NFL, because we’ve been basically in the same era, we’ve been in a lot of situations where we spend time with one another. Yeah, I do [think they'll remain friends after football]. We have a lot in common. we talk football pretty much nonstop when we’re together. He loves playing football, I love playing football, and we love talking football.”

What was no surprise was the inevitable question in regards to the now infamous call that ended the game against Carolina last week. But Brady was cool, calm and collected when answering, pointing out that the refs do not like being in that situation wither, and they'd rather not have to end a game like that.

"Referees never want to be in that position, either, where they have to make a judgment call like that. They wish it would not come down to that, either, I’m sure, because they don’t want to play that kind of role in the game. You don’t have long to grieve in the NFL. You feel crappy for the flight home, and then you start evaluating what we need to do better. And certainly we’re on to Denver at this point.”

Either way, the Patriots have a tough matchup coming this weekend against Denver, and this game is sure to be a good one..

- Joshua Powers