Tom Brady insists his AFC-leading New England Patriots have miles to go before they can realistically consider themselves legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
With the Patriots set to visit the Green Bay Packers this Sunday and some dubbing it as a possible Super Bowl preview, Brady told ESPN “we are so far from the Super Bowl. We have so many games [left]. If we are lucky enough to make it there, no one ever cares who we play. But that’s so far down the road. We think about the one game we have ahead of us, which is a good opponent.”
The Patriots come to town an AFC-leading 9-2 and with the league’s top-scoring offense at 35.2 points per game. Brady and his crew are also riding a seven-game winning streak. But Brady insists there is still much work to do.
“We have nine wins,” he said. “We’ve done a good job getting ourselves to this position. This is when the weather turns, the mental toughness, the discipline, how much we’ve improved really comes into play.”
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Packers will counter with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his steady receiving core of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. In all, Green Bay rates right behind New England with the league’s No. 2 scoring offense at 32.2 points per game. The Packers are also undefeated at Lambeau Field this season.
“We’re playing one of the best teams in the league,” Brady said. “We have our work cut out for us. They have a great offense, a great defense. They do a lot of things defensively that are a challenge for us. They have a good rush, good coverage. They play the run well, and they score a lot of points.”
Since Rodgers implored fans to “relax” after their 1-2 start, Green Bay has won seven of eight and show few signs of letting up.
“It’s fun going to Lambeau,” Brady said. “I’ve only been there once. I think I’ve been there for a preseason game, but only once in the regular season, and we won, which was great. But I’d love to get to 2-0.”[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]
Last time at Lambeau, and I was present, Favre got knocked out of the game in the first half and the Pats won 28 – 0. Looking for a closer game this time, both teams look like the class of their conferences. Expecting a chess match of tactics between the coaches, the maestros – Rodgers and Brady will have the defenses scrambling. Still I expect a closer game, and hoping for a rematch at the SB.