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 England’s 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 list.
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 Brady’s protection will be essential today against the NFL’s 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 today’s outcome.
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DOUBTFUL WR Deion Branch (Knee)
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"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."
he be like Tom?
keys to victory
close won't cut it
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.
to be overlooked, Pats-Jets offers treat
WOULD BE WISE HEAD-COACHING CHOICE
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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