The New England Patriots have already locked up a spot in the upcoming NFL playoffs and secured the AFC East crown for a record-tying seventh straight year. But their regular-season work isn’t done yet.
Up next, the Patriots can secure a first-round bye during Week 15 if results go their way.
Here are two scenarios that would ensure the Patriots can rest during wild card weekend:
•Patriots win AND Denver Broncos lose.
•Patriots win AND Cincinnati Bengals lose AND Broncos tie.
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The Patriots host the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Elsewhere, the Broncos face the Pittsburgh Steelers; and the Bengals play the San Francisco 49ers.
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