Bill Belichick focused on Chiefs, not No. 1 seed

Andy Hart
December 02, 2019 - 11:04 am

New England’s 28-22 loss to the Texans Sunday night in Houston also saw the team lose control of the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture.

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The Patriots and Ravens both now hold 10-2 records through 12 games, but Baltimore owns the tiebreaker thanks to a 37-20 beatdown of New England in early November.

With a month of games left to be played, Bill Belichick was asked during his Monday morning day-after-game conference call if he thinks about seeding at this point in the process.

“The only thing we can do anything about is the next game,” Belichick said. “Focus on Kansas City and I’m sure we’ll all add it up at the end.”

The Patriots host the Chiefs on Sunday evening at Gillette Stadium, a rematch of last January’s AFC Championship Game in Kansas City that New England won, 37-31 in overtime.

As Belichick turns the page from the loss in Houston to Sunday’s challenge with the Chiefs, the coach made it clear that no one unit, position group or area of his team is the focal point of concern right now. There is plenty of room for improvement for everyone in the football offices and locker room in Foxborough.

“I think we all have to do a better job,” Belichick said when asked about his team having enough offensive playmakers. “Start with that and see how it goes.”

A few hours after a 6 a.m. return to New England, Belichick praised his team for competing despite widespread illness making its way through the locker room to the point that the Patriots took separate sick and healthy planes to Texas.

“We have a lot of tough, competitive players on our team. We competed hard. Just didn’t coach well enough, didn’t make enough plays,” Belichick concluded of the road loss.

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