After his team routed the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, New England coach Bill Belichick wasted little time turning his attention to Sunday's game against the Eagles.
And he made sure to point out how good the Eagles can be, despite their 4-6 record.
"We have a huge game this weekend against a very good opponent. Coach Belichick said last night that this the best team we’ve played all year," Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said on his weekly radio appearance on WEEI in Boston. "That says a lot. I think they’re talented at every position, so we have to go out there and see what we can do against a very good football team.”
Brady was asked whether it is better to watch the games the Eagles played at their best -- such as beating the Giants, who also beat New England -- or their worst, when doing his game preparation. He said, both.
"You watch every game for game-planning purposes, but you expect their best," he said. "This is when the good teams really rise up. As the season goes, the games get bigger and bigger and bigger because there’s more on the line. There’s less margin for error. The better teams you play, there’s less margin for error. When you play on the road, there’s less margin for error. They went on the road and beat the Giants. They beat the Cowboys by like four touchdowns.
"Obviously they’ve had some tough losses this year, most of them have been in the fourth quarter. But they have very good skill players. On defense, in the secondary, they can rush the quarterback. It’s a very good football team, obviously they’re very well coached. We have our work cut out for us. Anytime you go on the road, it makes it that much more challenging. On a short week, against a very talented team, it’s going to be all we can handle."
And now the bad news ...
“I’m fine. I feel great,” he said. “I feel as good as I’ve ever felt going into Thanksgiving time. I feel really good and excited about where we’re at and hopefully we can keep building on these wins."