Patriots focus on Jets and not the big picture (The Associated Press)

You won’t find anyone around the New England Patriots talking about how winning the next two games assures them of home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. This week is all about beating the Jets,” defensive captain and new Pro Bowl selection Devin McCourty said Wednesday. “Him” is coach Bill Belichick, whose 12-2 team needs wins over the Jets on Saturday and then at Miami in the New Year’s Day finale to be sure of being a home team for their two playoff games (they have already clinched a bye) as they seek the fifth Super Bowl title of the Belichick/Tom Brady Era.