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Observations after Miami rout

Spikes, Woodhead among Pats' top concerns as they prepare for playoffs

Updated: January 3, 2011, 4:26 PM ET
By Tedy Bruschi | ESPNBoston.com

Five observations from the Patriots' 38-7 victory over the Dolphins in the season finale and thoughts on the playoff road ahead:

1. Preparing for an unknown opponent. At this point, the Patriots know they will play Kansas City, Baltimore or the New York Jets in their first playoff game Jan. 16. When we had situations like this in the past, what usually happened was that we'd get two solid days of work during the bye week. Bill Belichick would leave open the possibility of a third ...

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