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Patriots tough opponent after bye

October 28, 2011

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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.

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