In the past seven weeks, the Patriots have played five primetime games. That means late nights and less preparation time for the next opponent.
While it might not sound like a serious affliction, Patriots coach Bill Belichick recently explained exactly what the consistent string of late kickoffs has cost his team.
Speaking in a weekly interview on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria,” Belichick elaborated on why he’s happy the primetime run is over.
“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.”
Still, Belichick can be encouraged by how his team has performed in that span. Other than losing to the Lions on Sept. 23 (a Sunday night game), the Patriots have been on a six-game winning streak, a period that included four primetime games in five weeks.
“I thought our team did a great job this week,” Belichick continued. “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.”
The remaining seven Patriots games in the regular season are all scheduled for either 1 p.m. or 4:25 p.m.