Brady's prediction: Red Sox in five

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the record with his World Series prediction: "Red Sox in five," he said. "We'll give [the Cardinals] one."

The quarterback opened his weekly press conference by answering questions about the Red Sox, who will vie for their third World Series title since 2004 beginning Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Brady expressed not only his confidence that the Sox would win the series, but also his support for the team.

"That's our team!" he exclaimed. "I've been here a while, so I've gotten to see a lot of Red Sox games over the years and watched them win a few championships, so tonight is -- you don't take these for granted because you don't know if they'll ever come again."

Brady also expressed admiration for the Red Sox turnaround, going from 69 wins last season to 97 regular-season wins this season, tied with the Cardinals for the best in baseball.

"The Red Sox have had a great year and what they've done, based on what happened last year, shows everybody what fighting through adversity is all about," Brady continued. "They obviously have a lot of mental toughness and it's a great thing to see, a great thing to watch, to go from last place or where they were last year to playing for the World Series."