The New England Patriots are scheduled to welcome in the New York Giants following last Sunday’s hard-fought 25-17 loss on the road to the AFC leading Pittsburgh Steelers. Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady described the team’s mood this week as angry, but motivated and focused on the next task at hand.
“We’re all pretty much in a bad mood,” he said. “There is a mourning process that goes on with our team, our coaches, players. We hate losing. It’s not something we’ll ever get used to. It sucks. The whole week sucks, actually. You just have to go out there and erase that memory with a good win and good days of practice. Once you get into the preparation of the week, you end up moving on to the week coming up.”
In addition to frustration in the locker room, a potential distraction lies in the status of receiver Julian Edelman. The 3-year veteran was arrested earlier this week and charged with indecent assault and battery. Teammates have done well to avoid the issue when talking to the media, continuing to emphasize their personal conversations as private.
The Pats and Giants haven’t officially battled (preseason games aside) since New York shocked the 18-0 Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. Brady insists that the title game is now a ‘distant memory’ and it won’t cross his mind as he prepares to host a new-look 5-2 Giants team this weekend.
“There’s not much you can take from that,” said Brady. “This is an entirely different team we have, and they have, and strengths and weaknesses. There are so many players on our team that obviously were not a part of that game, or any (meaningful) game against the Giants.” New England Patriots tickets are now available!