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Patriots finally preparing for cold weather

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm •  Published: December 28, 2012

"I wouldn't say that it's advantageous, but I definitely feel like I can play in the snow," said rookie defensive end Chandler Jones. "I like playing in the snow, to be honest with you. The cold weather doesn't affect me at all."

The Patriots defense is well aware that the unpredictable climate could play a pivotal role in ball security. Members of the secondary are on high alert for turnovers.

Considering New England is second in the league with 39 takeaways, though, that's nothing new.

"I think you've got to have a heightened awareness when you get in these games because no matter how mentally strong guys are, it does change things — your hands get cold and different things like that," safety Devin McCourty said. "Defensively, we definitely try to have more of an awareness to try to attack the ball."

Just because the Dolphins typically play half of their games under the warm southern sun doesn't mean they're going to freeze at the first sight of snow.

In fact, another warm-weather team — the San Francisco 49ers — traveled to New England on a cold, rainy night two weeks ago and overpowered the Patriots, handing them their lone loss over their past nine games.

"They're a professional football team, they'll be ready to go," McCourty said. "I don't think it's nothing new for them They've done it before, they did it last year, so I'm sure they'll be ready to go."

And after already playing a pair of December games in Florida, the Patriots are embracing whatever weather rolls their way.

"We've had a very fortunate December around here. It's been good," Mayo said. "Our other games we had were in Miami and in Jacksonville. The weather won't be a problem at all. We enjoy the rain."

Mayo then shifted his focus to the true opponent.

"We're not playing the weather," he added, "we're playing the Dolphins."