FOXBOROUGH -- For the first time since the summer, the Patriots will get some extended time off with their bye week.
After practicing Wednesday, the team will be off Thursday-Sunday before returning early next week to start preparing for the Eagles.
“I think it was perfect timing," wide receiver Phillip Dorsett said after practice Wednesday. "Definitely. Guys need to [get their bodies back]. A lot of guys are mentally and physically drained, but it’s football. Those are things you have to deal with.”
Some players will try and get ahead on their next opponent or self-scout, while others will just decompress and not think about football.
“Honestly, I just try to get away," said Dorsett. "I go back home and just chill with my family. That is what I like to do. I enjoy that.”
While the Patriots are coming off their first loss of the season -- 37-20 to the Ravens on Sunday night -- they still are 8-1 and would be the No. 1 seed in the AFC if the playoff started today.
So, while it ended with a poor taste, overall the first half of the year could not have gone much better record-wise.
“I think it went well," said Dorsett. "It wasn’t perfect, obviously. But, at the end of the day as an offense we can get a lot better. We can do a lot of things better. A lot of small things, correct some things, and that is what we’ll do down the road.”
With that being said, the Patriots' schedule will pick up as their next four opponents all have records above .500.