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Bill Belichick knows the Patriots are in for a battle when they face Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys defeated the Giants on Sunday.Ron Jenkins/Associated Press

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has taken notice of the busy schedule of Boston sports, with an October Boston Marathon adding to a crowded calendar.

As he joined WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday morning for his weekly interview, Belichick noted the circumstances as the Red Sox also prepare to host the Rays for Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

“Must be exciting down there, Marathon Monday in October, [baseball] playoffs, it’s quite a day,” Belichick said.

Here are a few takeaways from Belichick’s interview a day after the Patriots rallied to beat the Texans, 25-22:

On preparing for Dak Prescott, with a nod to Tom Brady

The Patriots will face the Cowboys in Week 6 (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.) at Gillette Stadium. To stop Dallas, Belichick’s defense will have to find a way to slow down Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.


But is Prescott the toughest quarterback the Patriots have had to prepare for so far in 2021?

The Patriots beat Dak Prescott and the Cowboys in their last visit to New England in 2019.Winslow Townson/Associated Press

“There are a lot of great players in this league, but you really have to prepare for an entire team,” Belichick noted. “You just can’t prepare for one guy.

“There are a lot of things that Dallas does well. Just like there are a lot of things that Tampa does well. Just like there are a lot of things that Houston does well. So you have to totally prepare for each team and defend those players that they have out there and schemes that they run.

“But I don’t think we’ll see anybody better than Tom Brady. But Dak does some things that Tom doesn’t do. Tom does some things that Dak doesn’t do. The skill players are different, the lines are different, so it’s really about defending the team, not just one person, although you have to be aware of defending individual players’ skills.”

His encouraging text to Alex Cora

Prior to beating the Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he got a text message from Belichick wishing him luck.


“That’s like the highlight of the year,” Cora said. “I got the text from this random area code. That’s cool, to be honest with you, for somebody of his status to wish us luck.”

When it was suggested that Belichick’s message played a role in the Red Sox’ win, Belichick seemed skeptical.

“I don’t know about that,” he replied.

Bill Belichick texted good luck to Alex Cora during the ALDS against Tampa.

“We’ve been friends for a while,” Belichick added of Cora, “and I really respect what he does and what he’s brought to the Sox.”

The Red Sox hold a 2-1 series lead over the Rays in the ALDS after a 6-4 win in extra innings Sunday.

“I’ve enjoyed our relationship and looks like he’s doing fine,” Belichick explained. “He’s got a good team and they played well, got a big win.”

Asked if he uses emojis when texting, Belichick gave an expected response.

“What are those?”

The last word on Stephon Gilmore

Having traded cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Panthers last week, the Patriots can now anticipate seeing the 31-year-old when New England faces Carolina in Week 9.

“That’s kind of the business side of the NFL,” Belichick said. “We’ve already talked about that and we’ve moved on.”

Stephon Gilmore was dealt to the Panthers earlier this month.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

But while Gilmore is gone, his legacy — helping the team win Super Bowl LIII, among other accomplishments — remains.

“I think the world of Steph,” added Belichick. “Appreciate everything he did here.”


No update on Harris

Belichick did not have an update on the status of running back Damien Harris, who exited Sunday’s game with a rib injury.

Harris got banged up, suffering two injuries. The team first listed him as questionable with a chest injury, but he returned to action. Harris then suffered the rib injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Nicole Yang of the Globe staff contributed to this report.