By Danny Picard
The Patriots returned home from Buffalo a day later than expected,because of the inclement weather, but they did so while having accomplished their goal of winning the division.
Now all eyes will be on the team's starters. And more specifically, quarterback Tom Brady.
Having clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the Patriots have accomplished essentially everything they needed to accomplish in the regular season. So the question is: Will Patriots coach Bill Belichick play most of his starters on Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins?
"I think it will be like it is every week, and then the decisions on what we do as a football team for this week, will be what we feel is in the best interest of the football team," Belichick said in a conference call on Monday.
"There's a lot of things that will go into that, conversations, a lot of things that we'll take into consideration. What's good for the overall benefit of the team, but there's some players, individually, whose situations are a little different than other guys . . .
"We'll do what's best for the football team, both individually and collectively, and make those decisions this week."
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