Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Associated Press
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' offense won't be facing just 11 members of the Seattle Seahawks defense Sunday.
WHO: Patriots (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
WHEN: 4:05 p.m. Sunday
It will be closer to 70,000.
The Patriots all week have been pumping loud music through the speakers during practices to prepare for the hostile and rowdy Seattle fans set to pack into CenturyLink Field, one of the three current NFL stadiums Brady never has played in.
Nonetheless, Brady knows exactly what to expect and precisely what he wants to do.
"There probably aren't many that I haven't played in at this point but this will be fun," Brady said. "It's always nice when you take 53 guys on the road and you say, 'This is all we've got and this is all we need and this is what we have to do.' And see 70,000 fans, if you can keep them quiet or turn them on their own team.
"I think that's an exciting part for road teams, is to see if you can get them booing their own players."
But dealing with the Seahawks' much-improved defense is the first challenge.
Seattle leads the league in yards allowed, surrendering merely 258.6 a game, and ranks second in points allowed per game with 14, slightly behind San Francisco's stingy unit.
Green Bay and Dallas already experienced the wrath of this burgeoning unit. The pair of potent offenses posted just 12 and seven points, respectively, in their losses on the West Coast.
"They have a really good defense, the best one in the league," Brady said. "Statistically, top five in almost every category."
LIONS: Suburban Detroit police said they closed their investigation into a traffic accident involving defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. They said the accident was minor.
DOLPHINS: Cornerback Richard Marshall and reserve running back Daniel Thomas were ruled out of Sunday's game against St. Louis.
BROWNS: Thin at receiver because of injuries, the team signed rookie Josh Cooper from the practice squad.
REDSKINS: Quarterback Robert Griffin III took part in a full practice for the first time this week and appears set to play Sunday against Minnesota.
VIKINGS: Defensive end Everson Griffen plans to travel to Washington and play in Sunday's game following the unexpected death of his mother, saying that's what she would have wanted.
JETS: The team placed cornerback Darrelle Revis on season-ending injured reserve.
GIANTS: Receiver Hakeem Nicks practiced for the second straight day and there's a chance he'll play Sunday against San Francisco.