Bill Belichick is just like us: he's quite relieved that the Patriots are done with night games.
New England has paid the price for being a big draw this season. Of the nine games they've played, five of them have been in primetime (three Sunday night, one Monday, and one Thursday). Last weekends game against the Packers was the fourth in the Pats last five games played at night.
Belichick talked about how well his players have prepared for the night games and how the primetime slots have affected preparation for the following week on WEEI's Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria.
“It is nice not to play at night, absolutely," Belichick said. "The night games kill you. They get you the next day, and really it takes you a couple of days to get by them. Four out of the last five, but the schedule is what it is and for every long week there’s a short week and so whenever we play we just have to be ready to go. They are hard. I thought our team did a great job this week. I told them that after the game. I thought they did a great job coming off the Monday night game on the road and facing Green Bay, which is a hard team to prepare for. Very hard to prepare for. With less time and less opportunity I thought they really worked hard all week and obviously last night. It’s good.”
Of New England's remaining seven games, five are one o'clock starts and two are at 4:25 p.m. The Patriots travel to Tennessee to face Patriot legend Mike Vrabel's Titans this weekend. The game is at 1:00 p.m.
There is however the chance that one of the Patriots remaining games gets flexed to primetime. The likely candidate would be Week 13 against the Vikings, as 49ers vs Seahawks is currently slated to be the Sunday night game.
New England sports fans have had quite the challenging schedule since the start of October. Between four-plus hour Red Sox playoff games and primetime Pats almost every week, late nights on the couch seem to be the new norm.
With the World Series locked up and the Patriots finally getting relief from the NFL schedule-makers, it seems like the perfect time for a Celtics West-coast trip, right?
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