Pats Using Bye Week For Tuning Up

Patriots prepare while waiting to learn opponent

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Bill Belichick says this is just
another bye week to him. The difference is he doesn't know yet who
he'll be playing the following weekend.
      So the coach of the New England Patriots will spend a few days
studying his three possible opponents while his players do some
self-scouting until they find out their first playoff foe.
      The Patriots will play the New York Jets on Jan. 16 if the Jets
beat the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. Otherwise, it will
be the winner of Sunday's game between the Kansas City Chiefs and
Baltimore Ravens.
      Meanwhile, Belichick said the Patriots will try to improve
themselves and use their time wisely. But they're not saying who
they prefer to play in their next game.
      
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