FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Matt Light was so busy preparing for his second game in five days that his usual quick wit slowed down.
"I think Bill will probably throw us a bone. We'll have a late turkey day," Light said Monday, a grin visible beneath his bushy red beard. "I should have said he's going to throw us a wishbone. ... Usually, I'm on top of that. It's a long day. It's a hard day."
Make that three hard days.
"It would be nice to be able to sit around and put your feet up on the table and enjoy last night's game for a little bit," said Belichick, who didn't spend much time watching film of the victory, "but we're on to Detroit."
They switched their focus on Monday with a walkthrough. The first full practice is scheduled for Tuesday, a day earlier than normal. The flight to Detroit is Wednesday. And kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. EST Thursday.
No wonder Light planned to hit the sack at 9:30 Monday night.
"There's a lot coming at you," he said. "You've got to squeeze a lot in when you normally have the extra couple of days. We started on it today."
Belichick figures that playing in the annual game helps the Lions, the team he worked for in 1976 and 1977 as an assistant coach.
"It's great to be in this routine," he said. "Having been in Detroit for two years, it was a game that you knew every year was your game. You knew you were going to be playing at home.
"It was something you were comfortable with and you actually looked forward to and (you) didn't have to travel, all those kinds of things. I think it's a great game for Detroit, the Lions, the city and for football."
New England shares the AFC East lead with the New York Jets. Detroit is all alone in the NFC North cellar.
"It's going to be a tough game," Light said. "I wish we could get a nice easy week in this league. But it's not happening. I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon."
"There's a few things that each team does differently, but for the most part teams do one or the other thing," he said. "So you've just got to take your preparation from previous weeks and get prepared for this team."
And don't waste any time doing it.
"We've just got to kind of turn the corner real fast and turn our preparation toward the Detroit Lions and get ready for them, which we already have started to do," Green-Ellis said. "We've just got to go home and kind of accelerate everything."
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