New England Patriots

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 19: Matt Judon #9 of the New England Patriots reacts after the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 35-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

There’s a clear directive for Patriots players ahead of their meeting with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: it’s just one game, and it counts in the standings just as much as the rest.

Linebacker Matt Judon took it a step further, and he did it in a way that many other former Baltimore Ravens approached Brady over the years.

Do not fear him.

“Bro … he’s the next quarterback we’ve got to play,” Judon told reporters when asked about Brady on Wednesday. “I know he was in this building for a long time, and what he’s done can never be taken away from the game of football and what he did. “But it’s not like we are afraid of what Tom Brady can do. We have to stop their whole offense.”

Spoken like a former Raven.

Baltimore’s defenses led by Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, among others, gave Brady trouble more than most during his storied Patriots career. They’re the only team to beat Brady’s Patriots in Foxborough in the playoffs more than once, with convincing wins in the 2009 Wild Card round and 2012 AFC Championship Game.

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