After back-to-back full-pads practices Wednesday and Thursday, Bill Belichick has given players a long weekend off. Players are off Friday-Sunday, which should give them a much deserved opportunity to rest. SInce players also had Monday and Tuesday off this week, the Pats should come out of their bye week relatively healthy at this point in the season. With a slue of injuries towards the end of the regular season, this is key for the Pats to make a Super Bowl run.

The Patriots’ first playoff game, in the AFC divisional round, will be Sunday Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET. By the end of the weekend, the Pats will know if their next opponent is Kansas City, Baltimore, or New York.