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News Blitz 11/19: Coming out of the Patriots bye

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The Patriots had the weekend off, taking a four-day break from work thanks to the bye week.

Now, Bill Belichick’s team returns to Gillette Stadium on Monday to begin preparations for this Sunday’s trip to New York to take on the Jets as well as for the final six-game stretch run of the regular season.

Sitting atop the AFC East with a 7-3 record, New England has positioned itself very much in the playoff picture and remains in the mix for high seeding in the conference.

As the Patriots prepare for the post-Thanksgiving schedule that’s such a premium in New England, much of the media is breaking down just where the defending AFC champs sit heading towards January.

The Boston Globe declares that the Patriots need a playoff bye now more than ever. The Globe also breaks down the AFC playoff picture and where the Patriots stand at this point. The Globe says it’s not time to panic for New England, just give them a second-half chance. The Globe also looks at James White's work this year, which has him on pace to set a new NFL record for receptions by a running back.

ESPNBoston.com writes about Rex Burkhead’s expected return from IR on Dec. 2 against the Vikings, noting that the running back’s role will likely include action on every third offensive series. ESPNBoston.com also has a bye-week feature about a number of Patriots players pursuing their MBAs.

WEEI.com has Tom Brady talking about the film study he did during his bye week. WEEI.com notes that the Patriots got some help in the standings on Sunday, but not as much as they could have thanks to a Steelers comeback. WEEI.com observes that there are plenty of reasons to feel good about the Patriots heading into the final six games.

CBSBoston.com details a trend that’s unfolded this season, as bad things seem to happen to teams after they beat the Patriots.

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