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Bill Belichick is impressed by Panthers

Although players still have not returned to Gillette Stadium — this is the final day of their six-day bye-week break — Patriots coach Bill Belichick and coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia have returned, and have started studying the Carolina Panthers, whom the Patriots will play on “Monday Night Football” next week.

It isn’t new for New England to talk up an opponent, but with the 6-3 Panthers coming off a road win against the defending NFC champion 49ers, Belichick & Co. sounded impressed.

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