No one believes in the New England Patriots.
That might not be true, but it will be the narrative driven into the team’s head this week as New England prepares for quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said as much on his weekly segment with Dennis & Callahan on WEEI.
“I know at different times coach [Bill Belichick] will make us aware of — I know when we played Baltimore nobody picked us to win, and I’m sure no one’s gonna pick us to win this week,” Brady said Monday morning.
Those poor underdog Patriots.
Brady said he was not cheering for either team Sunday when the Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers. Brady has faced Manning twice in AFC Championship games. The Patriots won in 2003 and lost in 2006.
“It would be as satisfying a victory as we’ve ever had to go to Denver and win this game,” Brady said Monday morning.
Brady said a win would be gratifying given all the injuries and comeback victories the Patriots have faced this season. He also said Belichick drives into the team that “it’s how we play, not where we play.”
Brady also said he and his friend and former teammate, Denver receiver Wes Welker, won’t be texting back and forth this week. There will be no fraternizing with the enemy.
“We’ll save all the pleasantries for after the football season,” Brady said.