A four-day turnaround between football games maybe palatable to the NFL fan, but for the teams involved, it can be a bit of a nightmare.
"The staff has to figure out what the Jets are doing, how they're attacking the Patriots, what level the players who are injured can play at and then how to feed off of that and align their game plan after that," said Tom E. Curran, regarding the team's preparation for their Thursday night showdown with the New York Jets. "There's so many different spots, especially the skill spots, the Patriots are going to have to keep an eye on."
Of course the Jets are at the same disadvantage this week, and they don't have the benefit of a home crowd to energize the squad come Thursday night.
That doesn't mean the Patriots are taking the New York outfit lightly though.
It was just last week, after all, that New England almost fell to Buffalo in what would have been a shocking opening game defeat.
The Patriots hope not to repeat that near fiasco against the Jets. And if they plan to improve, as Curran notes, the defense must play a big role Thursday night.
"We spoke so many times in the offseason, leading into this year, about the importance of this Patriots defense. This will be a shining example of it," Curran said. "Against Geno Smith, against an offense in the Jets that really is a little bit undermanned to put it politely, this Patriots defense really needs to keep them under 10 points."