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Belichick in the holiday spirit?

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  December 20, 2011 03:34 PM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked today if losses by the Steelers, Ravens, and Texans -- the three teams that went into the weekend tied with the Patriots for the best record in the AFC -- seemed like an early Christmas present, since it left the Patriots as the only 11-3 team.

Belichick didn't break out his best Ebenezer Scrooge impersonation, but he wasn't biting on the premise of receiving such good fortune, either. At least not publicly.

"We can’t control what any of those other teams do, so we’ll just try to go out there and play well against Miami on Saturday," Belichick said. "We have to go out and win, that’s what we have to do. We can’t worry about what everybody else does or doesn’t do."

Patriots fans probably expect such an answer from the team's head coach. It's a short week, against a Dolphins team that has a different coach (Todd Bowles) since the last time the teams met in the season opener.

The specter of being the No. 1 seed right now and having homefield advantage throughout the playoffs doesn't seem to faze Belichick. Not when there's more work to be done.

"If we don’t do well, then we won’t get where we want to be," he said. "Right now all we’re worried about is Miami."

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