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Matt Cassel details a Patriots prank war that led Tom Brady to pee on his practice jersey

Matt Cassel details a Patriots prank war that led Tom Brady to pee on his practice jersey

If there is one thing you come away with at the conclusion of this story, let it be this: Don't get in a prank war with Tom Brady. 

Matt Cassel did during the second year of his pro career, and it did not end well for him. 

On Patriots Pregame Live before New England paid a visit to the Jets on Monday Night Football, Cassel detailed the prank war that left his car covered in trash, without its tires and his practice jersey soaked in urine. 

"I was coming in and a prank war started where he knocked my trey out of my hand, he put his foot up against the door, I poured some protein shake in his shoes, maybe some flexi-hot into his underwear," Cassel said. "He dumped a trash can on my car and then decided to pee on my practice jersey, and then he asked me to forgive him and call him Captain Longshanks.

"So I was like, ‘No I’m not doing that, I’m going to do something even worse to you,’ and by the time we came in for practice, I had three tires in front of my locker, the other one was hidden, you know the old ‘put in on the blocks,’" he said. "The old adage goes back to don’t mess with people that have more money than you do."

There's always a breaking point in a prank war where someone waves the white flag. It's needed before someone gets hurt, or in a team setting, before it becomes too much of a distraction. So understandably Cassel gave up after Brady's brutal series of pranks, but that didn't stop the offensive lineman from escalating it to the point where Bill Belichick had to get involved. 

I was done, I wiped my hands with it and said, ‘I give,’" Cassel said. "The lineman decided to fill his car up with (foam) peanuts, put confetti in his air conditioning unit, and at that point, Bill had to step in and say, ‘Look, guys, this isn’t World War 4, okay. We can’t have you guys going around hurting somebody or killing somebody.’"

That was the end of it, or at least it appeared to be. Brady still wouldn't give Cassel his missing tire back. 

"At the end of the day I did have to go home with my buddy for at least four days before he would give me back my other tire," Cassel said. 

So again, don't get into a prank war with Brady. But if you do get into your own prank war, try to make sure you have more money than the other person. Who knew we'd get such important life lessons before this Week 7 matchup?

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Tom Brady reacts to Myles Garrett incident: Bill Belichick uses it as 'teaching moments'

Tom Brady reacts to Myles Garrett incident: Bill Belichick uses it as 'teaching moments'

Just about every NFL player is being asked for his reaction to the crazy incident in Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn't escap the question Friday.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the league for taking off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet and hitting him over the head with it. 

Brady told reporters in his Friday press conference that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick uses those types of situations to remind his players of what to do and what not to do when tempers flare.

"Coach Belichick tries to use it as teaching moments," Brady said. "(He) talks about not throwing punches, not touching the referees and staying on the sidelines."

How hard is it to stay disciplined?

"It's an emotional game," Brady said. "I think I got a penalty in 2002 -- I think I've only got one penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, I kinda pushed someone back against Chicago. That might be my only unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Probably deserved a few more, but that was the only one I got called for."

The Patriots beat Garrett and the Browns 27-13 at Gillette Stadium in Week 8.

The defending Super Bowl champs return to game action Sunday afternoon with a Week 11 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

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NFL Odds: Patriots a road favorite for record 29th straight game Sunday vs. Eagles

NFL Odds: Patriots a road favorite for record 29th straight game Sunday vs. Eagles

Some teams are lovable underdogs. But that doesn't apply to the New England Patriots — not by a long shot.

When New England travels to Philadelphia for their Week 11 matchup against the Eagles, the Pats will be a road favorite for the 29th consecutive game, extending their own NFL record, a streak that started with Tom Brady's first game back after his Deflategate suspension in 2016.

Not only have the Patriots succeeded in these situations, they've flourished, winning 75 percent of their games during that stretch — and doing so with an average margin of victory of 9.5 points — according to @BostonSportsInf on Twitter.

Here's a closer look at the longest streaks as a road favorite in NFL history:

Team (Years) Games Record
1. Patriots ('16-'19) 28 21-7
2. Rams ('99-'02) 26 18-8
3. 49ers ('83-'86) 21 15-6
4. 49ers ('96-'98) 17 13-4
5. 49ers ('93-'95) 16 11-5
T6. Colts ('06-'08) 15 9-6
T6. Redskins ('90-'92) 15 10-5

The Patriots are currently 3½-point favorites for Sunday's game, according to the Westgate Superbook, and their only road games remaining this season after this week are at Houston and Cincinnati. So barring a major injury, New England should extend their record streak to 31 consecutive games by season's end.

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