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Patriots players credit Bill Belichick for being able to deal with frigid conditions vs. Jets

Ryan Hannable
December 31, 2017 - 6:12 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have a beautiful indoor facility with the Empower Field House steps from the Gillette Stadium facility, but it went unused this week.

Bill Belichick had his team practice on the lower grass field on Wednesday and then inside the stadium on Thursday and Friday to prepare for Sunday's conditions. The game-time temperature was 13 degrees, which made it the coldest regular-season game in Patriots franchise history. 

But, this was nothing compared to the 10 degree temperature and below-zero wind chill the team faced on Thursday. 

"As I'd hate to admit it, practicing outside during the week definitely helped," Devin McCourty said. "We hated every part of being out there and practicing but I think everybody came out there today and was all, ‘This isn't as bad as Thursday practice.’ Mentally I think that already gives you a nod when you go into the game like, ‘It is what it is.’ It was worse Thursday. We got through that. I think everyone, the weather, we understood the different things that it causes whether it was with the wind blowing and things like that but it didn't affect us in a negative way."

Added Dion Lewis: “Thursday was ridiculous. I’ve never been that cold in my life. It was pretty cold today, too, but I mean once you’re on the field and in the game you don’t really think about it too much. We were definitely ready for it.”

Being outside Thursday made players say Sunday's conditions weren't that bad.

"No, [it wasn't as bad as it looked]," Brandin Cooks said. "As you get going, you’re fine. After you get locked in and get your adrenaline going you’re not really necessarily thinking about the weather.”

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