Patriots head to the movies

December, 20, 2013
12/20/13
3:20
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The Patriots audibled this morning as it relates to their schedule, pushing Bill Belichick's press conference up by an hour and having the media into the locker room to speak with the players at 9 a.m., well in advance of the normal time that is often closer to 1 p.m.

Why the change-up?

The team headed off to the movies following the conclusion of practice Friday morning, their final tune-up before Sunday's showdown with Baltimore.

The trip probably serves as something of a bonding experience for the team, which can clinch its fifth straight AFC East division title with a win Sunday in Baltimore.

Belichick has infamously taken his team to the movies in previous seasons, including viewings of "The Fighter" and a trip to the IMAX theatre to see a film about Ernest Shackleton.

At this time of the year, even a non-football related endeavor can pay off on the field.

We'll see if the latest cinematic experience can help, even a little bit, propel the team to victory.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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