Patriots

Patriots

As far as Tom Brady is concerned, it's the New England Patriots against the world.

The Patriots have won both of their games -- 34-13 over Cincinnati, 24-17 over Buffalo -- since the NFL began investigating them for illegally taping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline.

That incident, branded as "Spygate 2.0," has brought a wave of unwanted attention to New England at a crucial stretch of the season.

But Brady insists the media's coverage hasn't affected the Patriots inside their locker room.

"I’ve put it out of my mind," Brady told Westwood One's Jim Gray on Monday night. "I’ve not thought about it since I heard about it. I think a lot of people are making a lot of nothing."

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The story first broke on Dec. 8 when Bengals coach Zac Taylor confirmed he was aware of the NFL's investigation into the Patriots.

That investigation still is ongoing, and according to the latest report, the league has yet to find proof New England's football operations staff had any connection with the in-house production team that shot the illegal footage.

For Brady, the only frustrating part of this latest incident is that he has to shoo away critics who he believes are trying to make "Spygate 2.0" a bigger deal than it is.

"We are thinking about other things. We’re trying to focus on winning games," Brady said. "As a player, my job is to go out there and do the best I can do and eliminate as many distractions.

 

"A lot of people are trying to make this a distraction for us and we’re not going to allow that to happen."

Brady's Patriots are 12-3 entering their regular-season finale and can secure a first-round bye and No. 2 seed in the AFC with a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Apparently that's all they're focused on.