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The New England Patriots had a favorable schedule over the first five weeks of the season White Danny Shelton Jerseys , not just because of their opponents: the reigning world champions also played four straight 1:00 pm games between Week 2 and Week 5, allowing them to start the regular season in a nice rhythm. That rhythm, however, will get disrupted this week as the New York Giants will come to Foxborough in only three days for a primetime game between the two clubs.Needless to say that the Patriots will have to make a quick turnaround following their 33-7 victory against the Washington Redskins, something quarterback Tom Brady also pointed out during his postgame press conference on Sunday. When asked about the challenges of playing a Thursday nighter, the 42-year-old stated that he and his team have to “use the time every bit from now until game time to get ready physically and mentally.”In the past, New England has been very good at adjusting to short weeks. The club has played a regular Thursday Night Football game — not counting the NFL season opener, which also takes place on Thursdays — every year since 2012, and is a perfect 7-0 in those contests while winning with an average score of 29.9-14.1. Last year, for example, the Patriots defeated the visiting Indianapolis Colts with a final score of 38-24.In order to also come away victoriously against the Giants, New England head coach Bill Belichick identified multiple challenges his team will have to overcome during the week — both in terms of execution on Thursday and preparation over the next few days: “Understanding of the Giants, and getting mentally ready. They have very challenging schemes on offense Danny Shelton Jerseys 2019 , defense, and special teams.”Patriots on Thursday Night Football (since 2012)2012 at New York Jets: W 49-192013 vs New York Jets: W 13-102014 vs New York Jets: W 27-252015 vs Miami Dolphins: W 36-72016 vs Houston Texans: W 27-02017 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: W 19-142018 vs Indianapolis Colts: W 38-24“The mental part of it is challenging, certainly the physical part of it,” added Belichick. “When you think about it, [Sunday] is Wednesday and we play on Sunday. It’s a lot for the players to rebound from. I’m sure they will do everything they can to be as physically ready as possible. So it’s a combination of two things, you have to just balance it. One without the other is not enough so you have to try and get both.”When it comes to planning the game and the practices leading up to it, Belichick pointed out that the team will have to strike a balance between shortening the playbook and possibly not getting as much repetitions per play: “Hopefully, things line up that you want to do things in the game plan that you’ve been doing or are a part of your system. Repping a play isn’t really an issue because you know how to do it [...] so when those things line up, that’s relatively easy.”“The hard part would be if they do something that forces you to do things a little bit differently or maybe there’s an area that you want to try to attack, but it’s not part of your normal system,” Belichick added. “Do you step outside the box a little bit and spend time to get that ready on a short week, or do you say it’s too much and that you just won’t be able to execute it? Or, maybe White Josh Gordon Jerseys , you have three or four ideas like that and you pick out one or only two of them because you just run out fo time and opportunity to prepare for them.”“That’s really the question and we’ll have to pull that together,” he continued. “When you do a normal game plan, you kind of chop it up into some sections on offense and defense: early downs, third down, red area, two-minute. Something could come up in any one of those, and you add it and it’s not a big deal. When you’re getting ready for a game like this, you have to kind of put it all together at once or maybe two sections, but it’s not the normal time frame that you have.”“And then if you start piling on, ‘Oh, well, we’re going to do this in the red area, do this in two-minute Josh Gordon Jerseys 2019 , and do this on third down, do this on early downs,’ and before you know it, the volume can accelerate pretty quickly,” Belichick said when discussion the issues of working on a shorter-than-usual schedule. He added that it would definitely be a challenge — in part because of an opponent he called well-coached — for the entire team.Whether or not the Patriots will be able to rise up to it remains to be seen. What should help them at least somewhat, however, is the experience both the coaching staff and the players have: Belichick and his team have been in a lot of challenging situations over the years, and proven themselves adaptable. It should therefore not be a surprise to see the club once again stay on top of things heading into its mini-bye. The veteran is stepping away from the game."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementPatriots NewsAround the LeagueFormer Patriots, Rams, Eagles defender Chris Long announces his retirement from the NFLNew,26commentsThe veteran is stepping away from the game.EDTShareTweetShareShareFormer Patriots, Rams, Eagles defender Chris Long announces his retirement from the NFLMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsOne of the NFL’s premier defenders of the last decade White Jonathan Jones Jerseys , and a one-time member of the New England Patriots, announced his retirement today: Chris Long took to social media to break the news of him stepping away from pro football after eleven seasons and two Super Bowl victories.Long originally entered the NFL as the second overall pick of the 2008 draft. He started his career with the then-St. Louis Rams, for whom he appeared in 114 games, and achieved some early individual success. The team itself, however, was mediocre at best during his eight seasons in St. Louis. Finally, after the 2015 season, the club opted to part ways with the veteran defender who had amassed 54.5 sacks up to this point.Long’s career was far from over, though: the Patriots picked him up as a free agent and he quickly became a core member of their defensive edge rotation. As such, he not only helped the team surrendered the fewest points in the league in 2016 but he also earned his first ever trip to the playoffs — and it was a successful one: New England won all three of its postseason contests, with the final one being Super Bowl 51.Against the Atlanta Falcons, Long was involved in a pivotal series in the game: with the Patriots down eight late in the fourth quarter and the Falcons driving into field goal range, the defender was held on a pass rushing attempt. The penalty pushed Atlanta further out of field goal range and helped set up New England’s game-tying drive — which in turn set up the club’s victory in the first Super Bowl to go to overtime.After the 2016 season Jonathan Jones Jerseys 2019 , Long moved on from the Patriots. His success continued, however, to the dismay of New England: now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Virginia product earned his second championship when his new club beat his old one in Super Bowl 52. All in all, Long spent the final two years of his pro career in Philadelphia before stepping away from the game at the age of 34.Long, who registered 4.0 sacks in New England, was not just a tremendous player on the field but also an outstanding person off it. The best example of this came in 2017, when he decided to donate his entire year’s salary to charity. The NFL is certainly losing one of its best characters today.