PHOTO: New England Patriots corner back Ty Law (24) intercepts a
pass from New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington in the third quarter at
Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, Saturday, Dec 20, 2003. Pennington threw
five interceptions in the Jets 21-16 loss to the Patriots. (AP Photo/Tom Sperduto)
Pregame Notes: New York Jets at New England Patriots
The battle between New York and New England continues today when the undefeated
Jets (5-0) march into Foxborough to battle the undefeated Patriots (5-0). This
week is only the fourth time in NFL history that unbeaten teams with at least
five wins have squared off. If the Patriots do win again this week, they will
own the NFL record for consecutive regular-season wins at 18, breaking their
tie with the George Halas-led 1933-34 Chicago Bears. Not too shabby for a franchise
that used to be called the Patsies.
Old friend Curtis Martin will be the focal point on New Englands defensive
radar as he leads the NFL in rushing yards (615 yds.) and is tied for second
in total touchdowns with seven. Martin needs just 31 yards to pass Jim Brown
(12,312 yards) and move into the seventh place on the NFL's all-time rushing
Another player the Pats defense will focus on is the dependable QB Chad
Pennington. Pennington minimizes mistakes (31 touchdowns and zero interceptions
in the red zone in his career) and completes passes with efficiency (AFC-best
70.4 percentage). With WR Santana Moss back, the Jets may look downfield more
in their passing attack.
The Patriots will continue to run the ball with RB Corey Dillon. Dillon blasted
Seattle last week with a pair of touchdowns and a 105-yard rushing performance
against a solid Seahawk defense. Last season the Patriots were 30th in yards
per rush, at 3.4. This season they've risen to 18th, at 4.0. Dillon already
has more 100-yard games than Antowain Smith had last year (one) and as many
rushing touchdowns (three).
Tom Bradys protection will be essential today against the NFLs
best pass rusher, the Jets John Abraham. Due to a weakened Patriots
receiving corp. because of injury, the Jets will gamble with various blitzes.
Brady's ability to get rid of the ball quickly and accurately will play a big
role in todays outcome.
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sees 20-20 on old team
Terrell Buckley knows all too well that the Jets' secondary is in for
a challenge this weekend against his old team, the Patriots.
"He's a great offensive mind," Buckley said of coordinator
Charlie Weis. "He is unbelievable, some of the stuff he does. It's
fascinating. Other teams try these things during the week, but not on
Sunday. He tries anything."
(New York Daily News)
he be like Tom?
FOXBORO, Mass. - It's a real blue state/green state debate, this Jets-Patriots
game. On the one hand, it's not about the quarterbacks. It's about two
NFL teams, both of which embody the team concept. It's gotten them both
to 5-0 records, and today only the better team will leave the Massachusetts
countryside at 6-0.
keys to victory
No turnovers for Chad Pennington: The last time Pennington faced the Patriots,
he threw a career-high five interceptions. It doesn't take a rocket scientist
to figure out that he can't turn the ball over if the Jets are to have
close won't cut it
FOXBORO, Mass. If the up-and-coming Jets hope to succeed against
the proven Patriots today it's likely they'll have to get hot where many
have been frozen.
The Jets' red-zone offense, a strength this year, must continue to be
productive in an area of the field where New England has proven to be
at its best defensively.
(NY Journal News)
to be overlooked, Pats-Jets offers treat
FOXBORO -- Contrary to popular belief, the New England Patriots arent
going to run away with the AFC East and leave the rest of the teams in
their division choking on exhaust fumes.
WOULD BE WISE HEAD-COACHING CHOICE
FOXBORO Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, an NFL head
coach in waiting, gains more support around the league with every game
Weis, the former Jets offensive coordinator under Bill Parcells, was
lauded by several Jets this week as they prepared to face his innovative
and aggressive offense today.
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