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October 27, 2012

Brady readies for loud crowd at Wembley tomorrow vs. Rams

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“The most important thing is using these next few days to prepare and not necessarily get distracted by all the different things that you could possibly go out and do,” Brady said. “It’s not like this is a vacation.”

Not only is this a work trip, it’s an important one.

“You look at this game as a very critical point in our season. If we can just get to 5-3, we feel like we’re at a decent point,” Brady said, looking ahead to next week’s bye. “You can move forward with mental toughness and play Patriot football.”

Belichick is also all about the work at hand.

When asked by local media about football’s impact overseas, the Patriots coach was less than eager to get involved in the discussion, saying “I have no idea.”

A few minutes later, he was asked about racism in soccer, which has been a hot topic in Britain over the last year with several high-profile cases.

“I don’t know anything about the soccer league here,” Belichick said in his usual monotone voice.

How about having a full-time NFL franchise based in London?

“Yeah, I’m not really sure,” Belichick said. “I’m just trying to coach a team that I’m on. And I don’t really know about all the rest of it.”

But if you want to talk football — or American football, at least — you’ll get plenty about tomorrow’s game, even if it’s not exactly incisive.

“The Rams present a lot of issues. They’re very good defensively, fast, good pass rush team, good coverage team, got a lot of good corners,” Belichick said. “Offensively, running backs are very talented ... they got explosive receivers, good kicking game, good punter, good kicker, good returner. They’re good in every area of the game.”

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