As a reward for clinching their ninth consecutive AFC East title and six straight seasons with 12 wins, coach Bill Belichick gave the New England Patriots an extended vacation.
The Patriots not only are off for Christmas, but the team also is off on Tuesday, per Glen Farley of The Enterprise.
New England beat the Buffalo Bills 37-16 on Christmas Eve.
Teams usually are off on Monday following a Sunday game. Tuesdays typically are film days for teams before getting back on the field on Wednesday. Belichick’s decision is a predictable one but you can bet it’s appreciated by every member on the team.
The Patriots can lock up the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC with a Week 17 win against the New York Jets.