Thursday games are tough on NFL players, it’s playing two games within a week and it can take a toll. Bill Belichick told his players after Sunday’s win against the Indianapolis Colts that it was already Wednesday.
Everything is accelerated, except how the body heals, that takes its own time.
So whatever hurts has to be tolerated, and that’s where being mentally tough comes in. The Patriots preach it, practice it and they execute it as well as anyone in the NFL. Brady talked about it during his Tuesday press conference.
“We’re just trying to prioritize our time, we don't have much of it,” Brady said. "We have to leave tomorrow. Hopefully everyone is spending their time wisely, not playing video games and stuff like that, trying to understand our plan and what we need to do. It’s a very tough place to play. We’ve always played this team very tough. It should be a fun night."
"It feels different than any game you play playing on this short of rest," Brady said. "We’re just trying to put as much as we can into it in these three or four days. There’s just no time for anything other than the Jets, so you try to watch as much film as you can. I think we’re fortunate to have played them three weeks ago, so there’s some recall from that previous game, from the preparation that we put in before that game. But it’s definitely a challenge. It’s definitely a different – like I said, it challenges your mental toughness to see how much you can put into it and still be fresh for the game on Thursday night."