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Patriots must maintain focus

Bill Belichick's challenge is to keep team sharp against string of lesser opponents

Updated: November 15, 2011, 12:16 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

After Sunday's triumph over the rival New York Jets, the New England Patriots have only one daunting opponent remaining on their regular-season schedule: themselves.

In a way, defeating the Jets might have been the easiest of the eight games the Patriots play in the second half of the season. Sounds crazy, right? But there was absolutely no way the Patriots were going to look past their primary rival in a monster division tilt, particularly on the heels of losing back-to-back games.

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