BBC Sport americanfootball


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 11:38 GMT, Friday, 23 October 2009 12:38 UK

Patriots in form for Wembley game

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London Kick-off: Sunday 25 October, 1700 GMT Coverage: Listen live on BBC 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website (UK only); Highlights on BBC Two 0000-0100 GMT and the BBC Sport website; Watch live on Sky Sports 2


Brady relishing 'unique' Wembley experience

New England are finding their best form while Tampa Bay are still struggling as the teams prepare to face each other at London's Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The Patriots set new records in a 59-0 thrashing of Tennessee last Sunday.

But the Buccaneers, lost their sixth game in six so far this year, going down 28-21 to Carolina.

But Patriots star Tom Brady said: "We don't underestimate anybody. Tampa Bay has not played the way they were hoping this year but every week is different."

Speaking before his team departed for the UK on Thursday, quarterback Brady added: "They have players who've won Super Bowls on that team and every team is dangerous so we don't take any team lightly."

It's an incredible stadium, I've seen it on TV, I've watched a lot of European soccer

Tom Brady

This is the third NFL game in London, with Tampa Bay giving up one of their home fixtures to face the Patriots.

The Buccaneers are one of three remaining winless teams, alongside the St Louis Rams and the Tennessee Titans.

Including four defeats to end last year, they are currently on a run of 10 successive losses, their longest losing streak since a league-record 26-game streak from 1976-77.

Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris, who took over at the helm at the start of this season, is under no illusions about the size of the task for his team.


"The obvious thing there is, you're happy to take your game international and make it a bigger game than it already is," stated Morris.

"But at the same time, you're going to play a team that scored 59 points.

"[Patriots coach] Bill Belichick is not going to take it easy on us. I'm sure Bill Belichick is licking his chops, and he should be."

Belichick's side combine a slick passing game, which features Brady and top receivers Wes Welker and Randy Moss, with canny running, spearheaded at the moment by Laurence Maroney.

Brady will rely on left tackle Sebastian Vollmer, the German giant who became the first European-trained player to be selected in the NFL draft earlier this year and who was moved into the starting line-up last week because of injury.


When the Patriots are defending, watch out for Junior Seau, the 40-year-old linebacker who earlier this month came out of retirement for the third time to rejoin the Patriots.

Tampa Bay's defence, which was dominant as they won the Super Bowl in 2003, is currently ranked second-to-last in the league against the run.

When they have the ball, Morris will rely heavily on running backs Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams and Derrick Ward.

The coach opted earlier in the season to replace veteran quarterback Byron Leftwich with talented prospect Josh Johnson but Johnson is far from the finished product.

The teams arrived in London on Friday, with two days in the capital to overcome the effects of a seven-hour flight and a time difference that will be four hours at kick-off, as the clocks go back in the UK on Saturday night.

BBC Sport's Tim Love

They will not get a chance to look at Wembley until Saturday, where they will find the turf re-laid after criticism of the surface by football teams from all formats last year.

Brady, who has just returned from a year-long knee injury, says he does not have any fears over the quality of the field.

"It's an incredible stadium, I've seen it on TV, I've watched a lot of European soccer," said Brady.

"I don't have any concerns. This is going to be my 10th game since the injury and my leg feels really strong."

Sammie Stroughter

Sammie Stroughter returns a kick 97 yards for a Tampa Bay touchdown but they still lose to Carolina

Print Sponsor

see also
New England v Tampa Bay photos
25 Oct 09 |  American Football
London 'may stage four NFL games'
22 Oct 09 |  London
Giant German makes draft history
18 May 09 |  American Football
Wembley to re-lay turf for finals
24 Apr 09 |  Football
Bilic blasts poor Wembley pitch
21 Nov 07 |  Internationals
Saints pip San Diego at Wembley
26 Oct 08 |  American Football
Giants beat Miami at wet Wembley
28 Oct 07 |  American Football
NFL fixtures
05 Jan 08 |  American Football
NFL results
26 Oct 07 |  American Football
NFL standings
26 Oct 07 |  American Football
NFL in a nutshell
19 Oct 05 |  American Football
American Football on the BBC
05 Feb 08 |  American Football

related bbc links:

related internet links:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.