FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The 9-1 New England Patriots host the 6-4 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a matchup of two of the NFL's selection franchises, and quarterback Tom Brady had something to come from his chest.  "I really haven't liked cowboys since I came out of the womb," he said Wednesday with a sense of humor.
Brady, a native of San Mateo, California, who grew up a San Francisco 49ers fan, sparked laughter before I became serious.
"I have a lot of respect for these guys. They have had an amazing winning organization and a lot of great players in their history," he said. "As a Niners fan, you play Cowboys, and every time they handed out to Emmitt Smith it would be a 5 yard gain and you would pull out your hair. Throw it to Michael Irvin and Troy [Aikman] was such a great player. ̵
Brady, 42, has met the Cowboys just four times in his 20-year career. He is 4-0 in these games.
He also reflected on Wednesday when he met legendary Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, whom he referred to as "such a cool guy and someone to really watch out for." Brady now complimented the current Cowboys team, saying, "It will be a huge challenge for us. I love the opportunity to compete against amazing teams this time of year as Thanksgiving is approaching. It means a lot to both teams."
Adding the challenge to Brady-led offense is a potential short-handed situation for wide receivers, as starters Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett II (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday, and Brady's top target, Julian Edelman ( axis), was limited. That left only rookie N & # 39; Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers at the stand.
Brady had expressed frustration over the offense after Sunday's 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but his tone had shifted on Wednesday.
"It's good to be 9-1, but we only have high expectations of what we do as a crime, so we're just trying to find out how we can do things consistently, with reliability, and guys work hard at it , " he said. "Sometimes it gathers early, mid-season, late in the season. The only thing that really matters is this week and trying to beat a really good football team."
Brady previously said that the Patriots' strength was their units for defense and special teams. He is focused on how the offense could complement it and highlights how the unit created a positive yard late in Sunday's victory while being pinned deep in his own territory before hitting the ball. It made it easier for the defense.
Brady said he doesn't feel like there is a bigger burden on him this season.
"The quarterback's job is to do what you can to help the team win games and get some points," he said. "But how you finally do it – to run the ball, throw it 50 times, throw to the receivers, throw to tight ends, backs … I think we have done many different things over 20 years, and we will try to find some different things this year. "