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Even with lowly Jaguars on deck, AFC East-champion Patriots push forward, prepare for anything

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    New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty speaks with reporters after NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd speaks with a reporter after NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick smiles a he leaves an NFL football news conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks at a news conference at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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    New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez stretches during NFL football practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (The Associated Press)

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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