Patriots

Patriots

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's sticking to the script. This weekend's Colts game is just one of 16 on the schedule, each of which holds equal importance. 

When asked at Wednesday's press conference at Gillette Stadium if there was any extra incentive to beat up on Indianapolis since they "got the ball rolling" on the Deflategate saga that dominated Brady's offseason, the Patriots quarterback didn't bite.

"Well, I'm always pretty motivated, regardless of the opponent," he said. "Regardless of the team or the week, whether that's a preseason game, whether that's a regular season game, they're all important because there's so few of those that you get an opportunity [at] in your life.

"I don't take them for granted. I think it's exciting to go out there and do something I love to do, to go out there and do it with teammates that I love to play with. We all put a lot of effort in -- coaches, players -- so it's another opportunity for us to go out there and see if we can beat a good football team."

In a follow-up question, a reporter tried desperately to get Brady to change what has been a stony facade this week when the subject of revenge against the Colts has popped up. It was suggested to Brady that his answers leading up to what's perceived to be an emotional matchup make him seem like a robot.

Was there not any heart, any human response he could share?

"I'm a human," Brady said, drawing a laugh from the room crowded with reporters and cameras. "There's no doubt. I'm definitely human."

 

Brady said, "I'm not sure," when asked if he thought this game meant more to fans because of what the Colts did to spark the investigation into under-inflated balls at the AFC Championship Game in January.

He did admit, though, that while he's approaching this game as any other, he doesn't necessarily feel the same every time he wakes up on a game day.

"Well, they're all . . . They're all important," Brady said. "You just max out every week. Every week's a little different. You have different human emotions that you go through. There's some days that you just don't feel as good, I don't know, for one reason or another. There's some game days where you're like, 'Man, I feel amazing.' There's others where you're trying to get yourself feeling at your peak level. I don't know.

"How you get to that level where you're feeling great every week, that's what you try to do. You max out your effort. Coach [Bill Belichick] always talks about all the preparation, the entire week comes down to three hours on Sunday. It's how do you ramp yourself up for that three hour window where it all matters, where you've gotta be your best. We'll try to do that this week."