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New England needs a win and some help to be in position for a bye.
To secure a bye, the New England Patriots need to win out and have the Denver Broncos lose either of their final two games. The easiest part of that equation should be this Sunday's game for New England against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
At 2-12, the Jaguars enter the game tied for the worst record in the NFL. Jacksonville has the league's worst rush defense, meaning it should be a big day for Stevan Ridley or whichever Patriots running back is fed the ball on Sunday.
Regardless of what the Patriots do, all indications are that they will fall short of the bye. The Broncos host the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs in their last two games. Those two teams have a combined seven wins.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ET
Location: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
New England: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub
Jacksonville: WOKV AM & FM