Busy Weeks Ahead For Patriots

August 18, 2012 12:00 AM
Busy Weeks Ahead For Patriots
" BOSTON (CBS) – This past week was a very important one for the New England Patriots.

They had seven days of practice following their 7-6 preseason win over the New Orleans Saints last Thursday, which is not a luxury they’ll have the rest of the way through their preseason schedule.

The Patriots will play three games in a 10-day stretch over the next week and a half, an odd schedule for any football team. After hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette on Monday night, the Pats will head to Tampa for joint practices with the Buccaneers, who they will play Friday night. After that, it’s off to New York for their preseason finale against the New York Giants.

The Patriots used Friday’s practice to prep for the Eagles, and will do the same on Sunday after getting Saturday off. The stretch is less than ideal for any team, but the Patriots will manage.

“I think what is the unusual thing about this situation is just our ability to install anything, to actually put in plays or cover things,” head coach Bill Belichick said Thursday. “I’d say this week is pretty much about it "

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