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Brady 'excited' about his health at bye week

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Brady 'excited' about his health at bye week

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady isn't yet sure whether or not he'll stick around in the Boston area during his bye week. He says that's no longer his decision.

But wherever he'll be, know that the Patriots quarterback won't just be sitting on the couch eating potato chips.

"I like to exercise, so I try to do as much of it as I can," said Brady before Thursday's practice, when asked what his plans were for the upcoming bye weekend. "For a quarterback, it's interesting. You kind of get out of shape as the season goes, because you don't probably run as much. At the receiver position, those guys run. It's incredible how much they run on a daily basis. And they get in better shape as the season goes."

Through the first half of the season, Brady says he feels feels "great."

"I'm excited to be feeling this way, with eight games left to play," he said on Thursday.

So while the Patriots won't have a game this weekend, Brady plans to continue his off-the-field exercise routine, in order to be prepared for a second-half run, and to improve upon what he called an "inconsistent" season.

"It's important for the quarterback position to keep up your conditioning so that you can endure these last eight weeks," said Brady. "This is when the good teams really start to show themselves, and the bad ones start to really fade. If you want to be a good team, you've got to be on top of all those things, whether it be your conditioning, your nutrition, your rest, your decision-making over the course of a long season, and how that impacts the rest of your teammates. That's why some teams really begin to separate themselves over the 16-week season."

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

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