Patriots Hope To Continue December Success

Patriots hope to continue December success

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – December is winning time for the New England Patriots.
      Season after season, coach Bill Belichick stresses the
importance of the final month of the year. Starting in 2002, the
Patriots have the league's best record in December, 29-5. Their
opponent on Monday night, the New York Jets, are just 18-18 in that
month over that stretch but have perhaps their best team over more
than a decade this year.
      New England rookie cornerback Devin McCourty said it's important
to be playing well around this time.
      The Patriots are doing it this year, finishing November with
three straight wins and going into December tied for the AFC East
lead with the Jets with a 9-2 record. In their last 16 December
games, the Patriots are 15-1.
      
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