Recapping Belichick's bye approach

Patriots players return to the practice field five days after their last practice, as preparations for Sunday's playoff opener against the Jets shift into a higher gear.

"We'll treat it kind of like a Monday night game," coach Bill Belichick said Monday on sports radio WEEI. "We'll start on Tuesday [with practice] instead of Wednesday, and be ready to go Sunday."

Here is a look back at how Belichick, who hoped to strike the right balance between rest/recovery and self-improvement, handled the bye week:

Sunday (Jan. 2): Beat Dolphins, 38-7

Monday (Jan. 3): Players off

Tuesday (Jan. 4): Players off

Wednesday (Jan. 5): Full-pads practice

Thursday (Jan. 6): Full-pads practice

Friday (Jan. 7): Players off

Saturday (Jan. 8): Players off

Sunday (Jan. 9): Players off

Monday (Jan. 10): Players in for workouts

When players are off, some still come in to the facility to work out, but there are no scheduled practices that day.