Players talk bye week plans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite their first shutout win in over three years, there was no "victory Monday" for the New England Patriots, with players back in the facility for New Year's Eve.

The Patriots have the longest layover of any playoff team, not playing until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. That gives the team nearly two weeks to prepare for one of three possible opponents, all of which the Patriots played during the regular season.

"We've played pretty much everybody who we could potentially face. We've pretty much taken everybody's best shot." defensive end Trevor Scott said. "We just have to focus on us right now, and that's the only thing we can control."

For Scott, who entered the league in 2008 and spent his first four seasons with the Raiders, this is his first taste of the playoffs. Having the bye week is an added bonus.

"I'm definitely excited to be here and take a run at this thing," Scott said. "It'll be a good time to get everybody back into shape. We're not taking the week off."

Players will be off Friday through Sunday, which running back Stevan Ridley will use to travel back home to the Gulf Coast area.

"I'll be hunting," Ridley said. "Probably not (going to watch the Wild Card playoff games)."

The team will practice twice, on Wednesday and Thursday, but the expectation is that the workload will be fairly light until things are ramped up again next week.

"A little bit of work, a little bit of rest," Ridley said.