Brady hopes to close first half on a high note

Brady hopes to close first half on a high note
October 24, 2012, 11:24 pm
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FOXBORO - The Patriots' all-expense paid trip to London begins Thursday night when their overseas flight departs. Can they forge a little midseason ubuntu over there and come back repurposed for the second half of the season? 
"Yeah, I think you're together for extended periods of time, which is always fun," Tom Brady agreed when asked if the trip east to play the Rams gives a chance to foster chemistry. "People are away from all their other commitments, certainly. At a home game, there are a lot of commitments that different players have, so when you go away, sometimes its really nice for the players to get some rest, to get some extra preparation, that extra time with your coaches. On this particular trip, we have more time than that."
Brady expressed surprise when told Wednesday that he was on the docket for an NFL Experience event on Saturday in London. Even though Brady said he'd probably be skipping that, chances are that, in the NFL's ever-present mission to create new revenue streams, Brady will be gently redirected to say hello to the Brits in Trafalgar Square that day. 
Nobody's showing up to see Sterling Moore. 
Still, Brady reminded, this game counts as much in the win-loss column as all the rest and the primary focus is on flying home 5-3. 
"Were focused in on the Rams," he said. "I think thats (the NFL's job to put on a show) and we have a job to do. I know they put a lot of effort into it and I know Mr. Robert Kraft is excited about us really having a chance to represent the NFL again and go over there and give the fans something to cheer about. It was a lot of fun the last time."
The last time was in 2009 when the Patriots pasted the Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium. 
The Patriots want to close their enigmatic first half of the season on a high note, said Brady. Nobody wants to sit around during the bye week staring at a 4-4 record. 
"The bye week is something that everyone looks forward to just because you get a chance to kind of take a deep breath," said Brady. "Its like the second half of the game. You go in at halftime and you have a chance to reevaluate some things. But that will come and it would feel really good for that two-week stretch to feel good about what weve done four of the last five weeks. But (the Rams are) going to make us earn it. This is a good team that provides a lot of tough challenges and weve already lost to two of these NFC teams (Seattle and Arizona), which (the Cardinals have) beaten. We know its a good football team and we have to go out there and play well."