LONDON — With the experience of playing in London still fresh in his mind, Tom Brady has been focusing on some special preparations for his return to the British capital.
The New England Patriots (4-3) will play a regular-season game in London for the second time in four years tomorrow when they face the St. Louis Rams (3-4) at Wembley Stadium, the iconic venue that is the home of England’s national soccer team.
“It was loud last time,” Brady said yesterday, remembering back to 2009 when the Patriots beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-7 in the NFL’s annual trip across the pond. “You never really know when they’re going to be cheering, so you got to prepare for both without crowd noise and with crowd noise.”
A sellout crowd of more than 80,000 is expected for the sixth NFL regular-season game at Wembley.
The Patriots arrived in London yesterday morning, three days after the Rams made their way over to Britain. Although they did not schedule a practice session yesterday, head coach Bill Belichick said the team still had a lot of work to do.
“We’ll get done what we feel like we can get done,” Belichick said. “(Yesterday) is kind of a transition day for us.
“Normally it’s the middle of the night for us. But it’s not, it’s early in the morning. So try to spend the day as the day and then sleep the night and hopefully (today) our body clocks will be back on normal schedule.”
New England’s three losses this season have been by a combined four points, but two of them came against NFC West opponents — the same division the Rams play in.
Last week, the Patriots beat the visiting New York Jets 29-26 in overtime.
For Brady, the key this weekend will be trying to keep things as normal as possible.