Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Brady unsurprisingly 'fired up' for Monday night


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady can't wait to get out on the field in primetime to face Carolina Panthers. Considering his record on Monday nights, it's no surprise.

While the Panthers are the winners of five straight and nipping at the heels of the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South, they're heading into familiar territory for Brady and the Patriots, who haven't lost on Monday night since 2009.

Winners of 11 of the last 12 games under the national spotlight, Brady said Tuesday the experience of a weeknight game is even more special when the opposing team is streaking.

"It will be a fun night," Brady said, via patriots.com. "It will be a great atmosphere down there for football. They’re going to be fired up, we’re fired up.

"Monday Night Football is always pretty cool, especially when you play a really good team on Monday Night Football. It’s a fun night. It’s November, you feel the weather is changing out there. This is when the most important games are. You want to be playing in the biggest moments."

In that 12-game stretch, which dates back to 2005, the Patriots averaged 34 points a game. Brady started all but one of those games, only missing the 41-7 win over Denver in 2008 while sidelined with a knee injury. The vet's 13-4 all-time on Monday nights, with touchdown-to-interception ratio of 41/14 and a quarterback rating of 102.

Despite his success, Brady was anything but complacent Tuesday about the impending match-up against the league's second-ranked defense.

"They’re a great team – defense, everything. They have every stat, every category: third down, red area, sacks, they turn it over," he said. "They have it all. They’re one of the best defenses in the league. We have to play really well.

"We feel like we have a pretty good team, so we’ll see how it turns out."

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