FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—It has almost become part of NFL lore: You can't beat the Patriots when Bill Belichick has two weeks to prepare for a team.
In fact, the Patriots under Belichick have won eight straight games after their bye week, when Belichick has had two weeks to prepare for an opponent. They are 9-2 overall after bye weeks under the coach heading into Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If the Patriots don't keep the streak going, it won't be because they've had a bad week of practice coming off the bye. Belichick pronounced himself happy Friday with the way the team has prepared this week after coming back from the mini-vacation over the weekend.