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Proud Patriots not worried about potential opponents, focus on themselves during bye week

  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones talks with reporters in the locker room after an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is surrounded by members of the media in the locker room after an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib talks with reporters in the locker room after an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick pauses during a news conference before NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. The Patriots don't know who they'll face in their playoff opener. But, they do know plenty about that team. They are familiar with all three potential opponents, the Texans, Ravens and Colts, having played them already this season.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

  • New England Patriots running back coach Ivan Fears, right, instructs running backs Stevan Ridley (22) and Danny Woodhead (39) during NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. . The Patriots don't know who they'll face in their playoff opener. But, they do know plenty about that team. They are familiar with all three potential opponents, the Texans, Ravens and Colts, having played them already this season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)The Associated Press

The New England Patriots don't know yet who they'll face in their playoff opener.

But they do have plenty of firsthand knowledge about all three potential opponents.

The Patriots, who won another AFC East Division title and have a bye, have played every one of them. They routed Indianapolis 59-24 and Houston 42-14, and lost 31-30 to Baltimore.

Either way, players will focus mostly on self-improvement this week. But coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that work also will be done on all three possible foes.

New England (12-4) will be home for the divisional round Jan. 13 against the Texans if they beat Cincinnati Saturday. If Houston loses, New England will host the winner of Sunday's game between Baltimore and Indianapolis.

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