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Short week presents challenges for Patriots

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Time is precious when NFL teams have short turnarounds, so coaches squeeze every last minute into their preparation. For the Patriots, who welcome the Jets to Gillette Stadium on Thursday night roughly 100 hours after beating the Bills, it meant watching film on the flight home from Buffalo.

In this case, the cause is aided by the fact that the upcoming opponent is a division rival, a team whose tendencies and personnel are familiar. But that doesn’t mean the short week is an easy one.

“There’s going to have to be some days combined. We’ll definitely get into [a typical] Wednesday today and start with our scouting report and turn the page and get into the Jets,” coach Bill Belichick said Monday morning on a conference call with the media. “Tuesday and Wednesday will be some combination of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I guess would be the best way to put it, and Sunday is Thursday. Something like that.”

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