Patriots getting 'much needed' few extra days off

Ryan Hannable
October 12, 2019 - 9:06 am

FOXBOROUGH -- Dating back to the summer, the Patriots have played a ton of football without much time off, but following a three games in 12-day stretch, the team will get some down time as after reviewing the tape from Thursday's win on Friday, the team isn't expected to return to the Gillette Stadium facility until Tuesday.

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“Much needed. I think we deserve it,” linebacker Kyle Van Noy said Friday. “We’re off to a good start. We know we got a long ways to go, but we’re excited to get a little break.”

The Patriots are 6-0, but still are searching for an offensive identity and are also dealing with a number of injuries on that side of the ball as well. 

Following the long weekend, the team will be preparing for the Jets, who they will face on Monday Night Football a week from Monday.

"So now we're glad we have a few extra days here to kind of rest, recover and evaluate where we're at here and be ready to move forward for the Jets, which comes on a long week so when you add them all together, other than a bye it's about as much time as you're going to get during the NFL season," Bill Belichick said on a conference call. "We'll try to take advantage of that and utilize whatever time we have, which is what we always try to do, utilize it efficiently. There's certainly a lot of things we need to work on. There's certainly a lot of things that we can evaluate. We have six games and these guys have been playing a lot of football.

"Really, it's been pretty non-stop for the last 12 weeks going back to the start of training camp in July. You grind all the way through camp, grind through six regular season games. It's tough. But now it's an opportunity to get a little window and so we'll try to take advantage of that and be ready to go against the Jets."

The Patriots are the only remaining undefeated team in the AFC and one of two in the entire NFL.

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