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Patriots are only team facing this schedule challenge in 2021 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
A bunch of the Patriots' opponents will have plenty of rest entering their matchup against Bill Belichick's team.
Here is a detailed explanation, via ESPN's Mike Reiss:
Football Perspective actually concluded that the Patriots have the worst rest schedule of the 32 teams. Here is a summary of its breakdown:
The Patriots don't have a bye themselves until Week 14. It's the last bye week on the schedule, and they are one of four teams taking a break at that time. That means 87.5 percent of the league will have already had a bye week by the time the Patriots get one.
You could argue that a late-season bye week is a good development, especially for playoff-bound teams that badly need rest before January. That said, playing 13 straight games and going into December has the potential to be a real issue for the Patriots, especially if injuries become a huge factor for them.
It's one of several challenges Belichick and his coaching staff will have to navigate during the 2021 season.