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Tom Brady: No one’s going to pick us this week

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The Patriots are heading to the AFC Championship Game for the third straight year and for the eighth time overall since Tom Brady became the starting quarterback.

New England has won five of the previous seven trips to the conference title game, making them as successful a team as there’s been in the NFL over that stretch of time but Brady isn’t feeling like a favorite right now. During an appearance on WEEI on Monday, Brady embraced the role of underdog ahead of this week’s trip to Denver for a shot at a sixth trip to the Super Bowl.

“I know when we played Baltimore no one picked us to win and no one’s gonna pick us to win this week,” Brady said. “We’ve had our backs against the wall for a while, really the whole season. We’ve lost players and teams have really counted us out. We’ve got a bunch of underdogs on our team and we’ll be underdogs again. We’ll see how that shakes out at the end of the week.”

The Patriots are underdogs, but there will be plenty of people picking them this week. Whether it is because they believe in Bill Belichick’s ability to come up with a scheme that can slow Peyton Manning, think the revival of the running game in New England has made the Patriots more dangerous offensively or remember that the Patriots have already beaten the Broncos this season, New England will have its fair share of supporters.

Brady’s comments suggest that any such support won’t get in the way of the narrative that’s under construction in New England, though.

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67 Responses to “Tom Brady: No one’s going to pick us this week”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Jan 13, 2014 10:16 AM

    Skip Bayless will

  2. elliottcovert says: Jan 13, 2014 10:17 AM

    Is he familiar with Skip Bayless?

  3. ckacv111 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    I’ll pick you… to lose

  4. thewiz37 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:20 AM

    The Disrespect card is back. Pats are at their best when they play with that chip on their shoulder, whether it’s real or perceived. Bring in Rodney Harrison for the pregame speech!

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:21 AM

    Lol Pats thrive in the underdog role so of course they’re going to play it up.

    I don’t think either team has much of an edge but the Donks are at home so that gives them a small edge if nothing else.

    I think the biggest matchup is the Pats secondary against the Denver receivers.

  6. capspats says: Jan 13, 2014 10:22 AM

    I pick ya

  7. doubleogator says: Jan 13, 2014 10:22 AM

    Just beat the prima donna manning…

  8. realnflmaster says: Jan 13, 2014 10:25 AM

    I wonder if they’re video taping again. It’s really the only explanation for their success this year.

    Thankfully, it ends Sunday when Denver blows them out of the building.

  9. jcmeyer10 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:26 AM

    I’m a Pats fan who think Denver wins by 4. The Chargers game gave me hope but the Broncos are a good football team.

  10. flash1283 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:26 AM

    I’ll pick them. Jack Del Rio is still the coach of that sorry a$$ D.

    Brady vs. a Jack Del Rio coached D, including this season, 8-0 over 1700 yards 18 TD’s 0 Int’s qb rating 117.0

    Say it doesn’t matter, you’re wrong.

  11. 6ball says: Jan 13, 2014 10:27 AM

    .

    There’s no narrative being written in New England. All narratives originate in Las Vegas, Nevada where the Broncos have been installed as 6 point favorites.

    .

  12. cjspiller12 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:27 AM

    Captain Kangaroo could play QB for the Patriots or any other postion for that matter and they would still win at home. Good thing this game is on the road, you won’t have help from Ernie Adams. 9-0 at home and 3-4 on the road. Like America doesn’t know whats going on?

  13. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jan 13, 2014 10:27 AM

    Depends… Did they video the broncos walk thru? If they did then I pick the pats If not then its all Denver!

  14. gochargersgo says: Jan 13, 2014 10:28 AM

    Almost hard to comprehend that. 8 conference championship games in 12 seasons. Pretty mind boggling success. Factor in the Steelers, Ravens, and Peyton Manning led teams, the AFC has been dominated for about 15 years straight now.

  15. brohamma says: Jan 13, 2014 10:31 AM

    Do NOT pick against Brady and Belichick when they are in “FU mode.”

  16. hunnymoney says: Jan 13, 2014 10:32 AM

    One of the best quarterbacks in NFL history against one of the pre-eminent choke artist QB’s in playoff history? No contest…give me the Pats +5

  17. frostymugobeer says: Jan 13, 2014 10:34 AM

    Nice try Tom……nobody’s buyin the “no respect” thing from the pats.
    the Broncos just endured a week of hearing how “HOT” the chargers are and “Rivers owns Manning in the playoffs”.
    I’m sure it will be another week of Tom has 10 wins against Manning….blah blah blah.

    its gonna be a great game and a the team that doesn’t screw up will win.

    I just hope it’s the Broncos because Manning deserves another ring.

  18. broncofaninfla45 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:34 AM

    I’m not sure why Denver is favored in this game. Losing Chris Harris this weekend will be HUGE. With that said I think Brady is being vocal about being an underdog to fire up the troops. I expect this to be a high scoring game.

  19. tedmurph says: Jan 13, 2014 10:36 AM

    The wise guys that hammered the line from 6.5-5 pts sure are picking them. Against the spread anyway.

  20. fwippel says: Jan 13, 2014 10:38 AM

    I hate to say this, but right now, New England is playing better football.

    Denver had San Diego on the carpet yesterday, and couldn’t put them away. With a 17-0 lead on your home field, you don’t let an inferior opponent back in the game. Honestly, if it weren’t for Manning’s passing on that last drive, San Diego probably sends that game to OT.

    So, as much as I would prefer to see Denver in the Super Bowl, right now, my picks are Patriots – Seahawks.

  21. thedoubleentandres says: Jan 13, 2014 10:38 AM

    Bradys comments suggest he doesnt read the PFT comment sections

  22. doublezero74 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:39 AM

    patriots win 24-21. Brady leads last minute drive to win. like always

  23. rob471773 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:40 AM

    If the Pats can jump out to an early lead, they can dictate the style of play and win comfortably.

    The Pats need to play with the lead and keep hammering Denver’s defense with the Blount/Ridley power rushing attack behind a great run blocking O line.

    This will set up a handful of big play action passes and keep Manning on the sideline.

  24. neatz says: Jan 13, 2014 10:43 AM

    cjspiller12 says:
    Jan 13, 2014 10:27 AM
    Captain Kangaroo could play QB for the Patriots or any other postion for that matter and they would still win at home. Good thing this game is on the road, you won’t have help from Ernie Adams. 9-0 at home and 3-4 on the road. Like America doesn’t know whats going on?

    2 of those 4 loses on road were by refs carolina and Jets… will see what happens this week.

  25. zimaman says: Jan 13, 2014 10:43 AM

    this game will be determined simply by this single factor

    which team can control the other teams running game by keeping the most people in pass protection

    If the Patriots can force third and long and rush 3-4 guys then they have a chance

    If Denver stops Patriots running game and forces them to open it up it will be tough for Gronkless New England ( a return from injury by Dobson would help a little )

  26. weepingjebus says: Jan 13, 2014 10:44 AM

    That Broncos-Chargers game would have been very different if the Chargers had managed to hold onto that terrible Manning throw in the first quarter. The Patriots secondary may be mostly a bunch of homeless guys, but they will make that catch.

    There were also at least three 3rd down conversions in the Pats-Colts game where everyone in the room agreed Welker would have dropped the pass if he’d still been on the team. So that won’t be an issue either … at least for us.

  27. sullijo1 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:47 AM

    Boo Hoo. You beat Denver earlier in the year, so clearly you’re the best team…..

    Right??

  28. thevikes85 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:47 AM

    I’m picking them

  29. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 13, 2014 10:51 AM

    No chance that Peter King would pick against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

  30. terripet says: Jan 13, 2014 10:52 AM

    All Denver has to do is let you throw and the Broncos go to the super bowl.

  31. cgsuddeath says: Jan 13, 2014 10:53 AM

    The NFL Channel,CBS and ESPN are all picking you so stop crying.

  32. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 13, 2014 10:55 AM

    Don’t like either of these teams but the Pats have more balance. Their defense is looking pretty good where the Broncos D is more so so. Actually if you take Manning out of the mix I don’t think the broncos would have won eight games this year. The Pats definitely have the edge when it comes to coaching. At this point nothing will surprise me with regards to either team.

  33. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Jan 13, 2014 10:57 AM

    @cjspiller12 – who’s ernie adams?

  34. castleanthrax says: Jan 13, 2014 10:57 AM

    cjspiller12 obviously can’t add or do simple arithmatic…How do you go 3-4 on an 8 game road schedule?

    Sorry your Bills are, well, so sorry…

    Maybe next season you can climb up to 3rd overall in the division.

    This game is going to be another instant classic regardless of who wins. Should be a fun Sunday as both games look to be great.

  35. azwildcats96 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:58 AM

    Cue all of the arrogant Pats fans/Manning haters that guaranteed the Pats would win the Super Bowl last year too.

  36. brazzz01 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:59 AM

    Most important of all – who would Tim Tebow pick to win this game?

  37. brazzz01 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:03 AM

    Wow, that is funny. I’m dumb? Where did I say anything about regular season? Yes, they were 8-0 at home during the regular season. They just won a playoff game at home and when I went to school that makes 9. They are 9-0 at home and 3-4 on the road. Seems to me you need to go back to school.

    ————-
    You know what was funny?

    Wide right. I laughed when that happened.

  38. unclebluck says: Jan 13, 2014 11:03 AM

    Wonder if Tom got his high five yet?…….meanwhile Gisele is still “multi-tasking”….

  39. Norseman says: Jan 13, 2014 11:04 AM

    I’ll pick the Patriots to beat the Broncos.

    And whichever team wins the NFC to win the Super Bowl as well.

  40. azwildcats96 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:04 AM

    cjspiller12 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:51 AM

    Wow, that is funny. I’m dumb? Where did I say anything about regular season? Yes, they were 8-0 at home during the regular season. They just won a playoff game at home and when I went to school that makes 9. They are 9-0 at home and 3-4 on the road. Seems to me you need to go back to school.
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    Nice try Bills fan but you do realize there are 16 regular season games right? 8-0 at home and 3-4 on the road only equals 15. I do like how you tried to get creative by adding in the playoff game. I share your strong dislike for the Pats however, so by all means, don’t let simple math get in the way of your smack talk!

  41. brutus9448 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:06 AM

    Brady with the martyring.
    I’m sure many people will pick the pats to win this game. Stop crying

  42. pastabelly says: Jan 13, 2014 11:14 AM

    The Patriots played 8 games on the road during the regular season just like every other team. 3-4 would mean they only had to play 7 road games.

  43. cylondetector says: Jan 13, 2014 11:29 AM

    Its take real commitment to stupidity to be unable to count to 8, not once, but twice.

  44. 12is3times4 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:34 AM

    As sick as I am of Brady and the Pats, I wouldn’t mind seeing them win the Super Bowl this year, just because it would drive the murderer Aaron Hernandez crazy to be missing out on it.

  45. superslugg says: Jan 13, 2014 11:35 AM

    2 wild card teams from one division and a #1 seed breaking all regular season records. It’s the easiest schedule in the league. The chargers were never that good they just looked good against crappy teams just like these broncos. After watching the other 3 games that game last night made we wonder how these two teams are even in the playoffs, they are both too soft for playoff football. Gotta put your big boy pants on this week or you’re getting steamrolled. Unlike SD, you gotta keep manning guessing, don’t move an inch during those hard counts, he’s a turnover machine if he doesn’t know what’s coming before the snap.
    Remember, the patriots didn’t just beat this team, they came back from 24-0. That wouldn’t happen to any of the other 3 teams still playing.

  46. all4patriots says: Jan 13, 2014 11:39 AM

    cjspiller12, LOL

    wow

    pwned while he was posting at recess

    maybe later his hoem room teacher will work on addition

  47. cjspiller12 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:40 AM

    LOL!!! You all got me on that one………I really did mean 4-4 on the road. And azwildcats96 , I did try and get creative with the playoff win the Patriots won at home. That being said, should be a good game between Denver and the Patriots. Just glad Denver is at home.

  48. wikidpissah says: Jan 13, 2014 11:40 AM

    6ball says: Jan 13, 2014 10:27 AM

    There’s no narrative being written in New England. All narratives originate in Las Vegas, Nevada where the Broncos have been installed as 6 point favorites.
    ================================
    Vegas is just bringing in enough money on both teams to ensure that they don’t lose their shirts. The 6 points means they believe that the majority of those betting will go with Denver. The line will move if people go heavy one one team over the other. If the line drops, it means people are betting the Patriots, if it rises, people are betting the Broncos.

    Vegas doesn’t pick winners, they collect bets.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:41 AM

    realnflmaster says:

    I wonder if they’re video taping again. It’s really the only explanation for their success this year.
    _________________________

    Yes, the most scrutinized and watched team in the league with everyone looking for any tiny indication that the Pats were taping is somehow managing to do so anyway.

    Right. Just keep crying, the bitter tears of Pats haters are just sweet nectar to Pats fans.

    I know, its Bill using his patented Hoodie Of Invisibility(TM) to sneak into the opposing team’s locker room again.

    Oh wait, maybe he’ll use the Belichick Mind Meld on a passing Bronco player when they’re on the way to the field.

    Oh wait, maybe its xray lasers from the Patriots secret space station scanning the other team’s playbook.

    Lol sometimes I crack myself up, I tell ya.

  50. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Jan 13, 2014 11:43 AM

    superslugg says: Jan 13, 2014 11:35 AM

    2 wild card teams from one division and a #1 seed breaking all regular season records. It’s the easiest schedule in the league. The chargers were never that good they just looked good against crappy teams just like these broncos. After watching the other 3 games that game last night made we wonder how these two teams are even in the playoffs, they are both too soft for playoff football. Gotta put your big boy pants on this week or you’re getting steamrolled. Unlike SD, you gotta keep manning guessing, don’t move an inch during those hard counts, he’s a turnover machine if he doesn’t know what’s coming before the snap.
    Remember, the patriots didn’t just beat this team, they came back from 24-0. That wouldn’t happen to any of the other 3 teams still playing.
    ———————————————–
    I do believe that was mostly due to the injury of the Broncos best cover corner, DRC, but go ahead and just watch the highlights on ESPN.

  51. wikidpissah says: Jan 13, 2014 11:47 AM

    3 strongest non-division W/L records:

    NFC West: 30-10
    AFC West: 25-15
    AFC East: 22-18

    These 3 divisions represent conference final teams.

  52. Deb says: Jan 13, 2014 11:48 AM

    Oh, for heaven’s sake! I’m a Steelers fan, and the colossally ignorant things people post about “Spygate” annoy me almost as much as the colossally ignorant things people post about Pittsburgh and steroids. It would be nice if fundamental football knowledge were a prerequisite for posting on a football blog.

    As for Brady’s comment, he’s positioning the team as scrappy underdog–a role they play well. I think it could go either way. But you’d have to be a fool to underestimate these guys after what they showed Saturday.

  53. beastmode5150 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:53 AM

    Depends on the line.

  54. jelway7 says: Jan 13, 2014 11:59 AM

    Its gonna b a heluva game but i think the Broncos pull it out. We goin to da ships what? We goin to da ships!!!!

  55. grruffgrruff says: Jan 13, 2014 12:00 PM

    Actually, you’re all wrong.
    They went 4-4 on the road.

  56. cjspiller12 says: Jan 13, 2014 12:07 PM

    all4patriots says:Jan 13, 2014 11:39 AM

    cjspiller12, LOL

    wow

    pwned while he was posting at recess

    maybe later his hoem room teacher will work on addition
    ________________________________
    And maybe she will work on your spelling.

  57. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Jan 13, 2014 12:17 PM

    The betting line is crazy, take NE & the points all day. This game is a pick em. Its only Monday but I’m leaning Pats to win the game based on coaching (the Hoodie) and how clutch Brady generally is in these spots. Thinking Peytons gonna have a lot more time for those awful pizza commercials after this Sunday.

  58. thewiz37 says: Jan 13, 2014 12:28 PM

    cjspiller12 apparently considers @ Miami a home game for the Pats. Considering the fan breakdown you usually see in south Florida, I’d have to agree with him on this one.

  59. cjspiller12 says: Jan 13, 2014 12:31 PM

    thewiz37 says:Jan 13, 2014 12:28 PM

    cjspiller12 apparently considers @ Miami a home game for the Pats. Considering the fan breakdown you usually see in south Florida, I’d have to agree with him on this one.
    ______________________________
    Good one, I actually agree with you!!!

  60. sidepull says: Jan 13, 2014 12:38 PM

    Go Pats!

  61. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 13, 2014 1:13 PM

    As a Broncos fan-are you crazy?? Everyone is going to pick the Pats. They all expect Manning to choke. Well he didn’t yesterday! Manning was on fire and our receivers had major, inexcusable issues with not being able to catch a ball. Defense too! There were at least 3 opportunities for a pick, none of them happened. I of course am picking my team, but majority of the people will expect we can’t do it. BRONCOS FOR LIFE!

  62. lanman11 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    The Broncos are the greatest team the world has ever seen. Isn’t that right? Of course they are favored!

  63. peymax1693 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:59 PM

    I find it almost laughable that Brady would create a false narrative that the Pats are a bunch of scrappy underdogs whom nobody gave much of a chance of winning all year.

    That may have been true earlier in the year, but given the growing amount of positive national coverage the Pats have received over the past 6 weeks (and all of it deserved, don’t get me wrong) I don’t think that’s the case any longer.

    But since Michael Jordon used to have to invent people making personal slights against him in order to motivate himself, Brady has every right to use whatever he needs to motivate himself and his teammates. Whatever he’s doing seems to be working so I can’t argue with the guy’s success, that’s for sure.

  64. kurb21 says: Jan 13, 2014 4:05 PM

    Pats fan in Denver here –

    Really, no one expects the Pats to win. No one. I have not talked to one Broncos fan who thinks their team won’t win. The sports media as usual, is all about Peyton and elevating him. He is the Barack Obama of sports, after all. All the pundits (- Skip Bayless) will pick the Broncos, Vegas is picking the Broncos and even in NE, most have felt the this season has been smoke and mirrors and there is no way to beat the Broncos and all of Peyton’s offensive weapons. (Yes Chuck, we are very appreciative of what we have). To have this skeleton crew of a Patriots team moving this far, simply amazing.

    Keys to victory: Peyton has a killer deep ball and I think with his spectacular advantage in his receiving corps he will simply take advantage of physical match-up advantages in this game. The best Belichick scheme only lasts about half a game against Peyton. The weather does not look like it will be an issue.

    If the Pats can score first and simply do whatever they can to not fall behind, then they can ground and pound and throw in some timely play action passing to keep with Denver. This game plan is NOT changing because the Patriots do not have the personnel to allow a spread offense or anything that involves a focus on the passing game.

    28-24 Denver. Peyton makes some huge 3rd down conversions that win the game. Book it.

    If the Patriots win, it will be the best AFC CG win they will ever have had.

  65. RE LEE says: Jan 13, 2014 4:40 PM

    Objectively, the broncos has the edge and should win. They are the more complete team. Like brady said , they have their backs against the wall even now. Who do they have left as receivers? There is no continuity. It’s always next man up. Brady has to be in sync with his receivers but they are always revolving. It’s frustrating when he can’t trust those receivers. Edelman is the only one left from the previous group and even he has to learn to play welkers big role. The pats have to reinvent themselves quickly because their backs are against the wall. If the pats wins the sb, belichick should have his own mt. Rushmore. What this beat up team has done is incredible. As for the oddsmakers, I hope they lost a lot of their own money by continually betting against these underdogs. There’s still a lot of fight in these bloodied dogs. Don’t count them out.

  66. drenten says: Jan 13, 2014 5:52 PM

    Tom is trying to manufacture emotion. That’s actually worse than false bravado. Tom got his first playoff loss handed to him in Denver and I think that’s in his head.

  67. themagicalrighttestical says: Jan 13, 2014 9:38 PM

    Hope the donk’s depleted D is ready to be smoked by the Blount

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