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With no foe, it’s a Pats waiting game

Wild-card weekend is just a couple days away, but don’t look for the New England Patriots to be a part of it. As the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Pats get the same view as the common fan — from the couch.

Wild-card weekend is just a couple days away, but don’t look for the New England Patriots to be a part of it.

As the No. 1 seed in the AFC, the Pats get the same view as the common fan — from the couch.

But that doesn't mean they're lounging around all week. There isn’t a specific matchup to prepare for just yet, but there’s a lot of self-evaluation going on in Foxborough.

“I think the coaches did a great job of breaking down the game tape,” said wide receiver Deion Branch, who practiced yesterday. “I think we’ve got a lot of stuff that we’ve got to correct. And there was a lot of stuff that was pointed out.

“I know a lot of guys took that to heart.”

The Pats cruised through the second half of the regular season. And they don’t intend for an idle week to throw them off their game.

“This is what we earned,” running back Fred Taylor said. “It gives us an opportunity to go and improve on ourselves, as well as get some guys healthier, as well as seeing who our next opponent’s going to be and preparing for them. We’ve earned it and I think, because of the work we’ve put in to this point, we deserve it.”

If all goes to plan, the week off will pay dividends of its own.

“I can’t think of anything else that we can do right now, other than look back on the things that we can get better at and just make sure that we go into this ... game fully prepared,” Alge Crumpler said.

 
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