• Proud Patriots push forward as schedule lightens


    FOXBOROUGH (AP) - The New England Patriots don't consider Sunday's game against struggling Jacksonville an easy one, not even after they faced two of the NFL's best teams.

    The Patriots (10-4) already have clinched the AFC East title. The Jaguars (2-12) are tied for the league's worst record. But the Patriots say they can't overlook any team.

    Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd said Wednesday that if you give opponents a chance, they'll take it and make you look bad. Safety Devin McCourty doesn't consider it a relief to play a weak team. He said the Patriots must improve on their last game.

    They lost on Sunday night, 41-34, to the San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1). In their previous game, the Patriots posted a 42-14 win over the Houston Texans (12-2).

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