Tom Brady well aware of what upcoming stretch means for Patriots

Ryan Hannable
November 15, 2019 - 3:41 pm

FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots are off to an 8-1 start to the year, but it's been well-documented that doesn't mean anything now.

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It is about how the team plays over the final seven games that will ultimately determine the success of the season.

After a relatively easy schedule to open the year, the Patriots' next four games are all against playoff contending teams beginning this Sunday in Philadelphia.

“We’re after the bye, so all of them are — not that the ones before weren’t important — but these are the ones that the team really has to elevate its play," Tom Brady said Friday. "We’ve learned a lot over a lot of competitive games and a lot of competitive practices and training camp, going all the way back to the spring. I’d say like the die has been cast. This is what we are. This is what we’re going to do. This is how we’re going to win. And these are things we’re going to have to do to achieve the results we want.”

After the Eagles, the Patriots will play the Cowboys at home, Texans on the road and then Chiefs back at home.

New England will also get some reinforcements on offense with the eventual debut of N'Keal Harry and likely return of offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn next week against Dallas.

“Those are good players that are playing important roles," Brady said. "The guys that are in there are the guys that are doing a good job. Whenever you get guys back, that always helps, but at the same time the guys that have been in there have been doing a pretty good job.”

Going into this week, the Patriots have a one-game lead for the top spot in the AFC, and a two-game lead in the division.

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