Patriots scheduled for Divisional Round game on Jan. 13


Patriots scheduled for Divisional Round game on Jan. 13

The Patriots don't know who they'll play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but they do know what time they'll be playing.

The NFL announced today the postseason schedule going forward, and it has the Patriots hosting either the Texans, Ravens, or Colts on Sunday, January 13 at 4:30 pm.

In the Wild Card Round next week, the third-seeded Texans will host the sixth-seeded Bengals at 4:30 pm on Saturday, pitting two teams against one another that seem to be heading into opposite directions. The Texans fell to the Colts on Sunday. It was their second loss in the last three weeks (which opened up the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a bye week in the playoffs for the Patriots), while the Bengals have won three in a row.

The other matchup in the AFC has the fifth-seeded Colts traveling to Baltimore to play the fourth-seeded Ravens at 1 pm on Sunday. Indianapolis is coming off of an emotional win Sunday, coach Chuck Pagano's first game back since taking an indefinite leave on Sept. 26 to begin chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. But Sunday's Wild Card game will be especially charged since Pagano has a history with Baltimore. He spent four seasons with the Ravens, coaching their secondary for three seasons and then serving as the team's defensive coordinator last year.

The Patriots will play at home against the highest seed that advances out of the AFC's Wild Card Round, while No. 1 seed Denver will get the lower seed.

If the Patriots are to advance to the AFC Championship Game, they'll play that one on Sunday, January 20 at 6:30 pm.

Lewis not at Patriots practice; Van Noy works out with linebackers


Lewis not at Patriots practice; Van Noy works out with linebackers

FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.

Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated. 

Newly acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session. 

The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.