FOXBORO - Been doing these types of previews for two years now and never once have I felt I was overlooking something by not doing a coaching matchup. This week? Gotta.
Bill Belichick vs. Gary Kubiak. Josh McDaniels vs. Wade Phillips. BelichickMatt Patricia vs. Rick Dennison. Those are the matchups and all three checkmarks are indelibly carved on the Patriots' side, especially since Belichick's been more involved with the defense. Whether it's preparation, motivation, situation, experience or in-game adjustments, there is no one thing that would make one say, "Yeah, I think Kubiak will have his guys in a better spot than Belichick..." If the stuff hits the fan for New England, they can survive. Houston? We saw December 10 how that went - a tap-out after 45 minutes. Onto more of the Xs and Os.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.
According to Bovada, Tom Brady is the favorite to win this year's MVP award. Just as a reminder: He'll be 40 when the season begins.
Brady was in the running for last season's MVP but he was beaten out for the award by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady said before Super Bowl LI that Ryan deserved to be deemed "most valuable" for his performance in 2016.
Days later, Brady took home Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.
Behind Brady (4-to-1 odds) on Bovada's list of MVP favorites for 2017 are Aaron Rodgers (7-to-1), Derek Carr (9-to-1), Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson (all 12-to-1). Ryan's odds at repeating as MVP, per Bovada, are 16-to-1.
Brady has won two regular-season MVP awards over the course of his career (2007, 2010).