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Patriots return home to face the Jets

Posted Oct 16, 2012

After playing four of their first six games on the road, the New England Patriots will return to the confines of Gillette Stadium and try to get an edge in the AFC East with a key division game against the New York Jets.

PATRIOTS (3-3) vs. NY JETS (3-3)
Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 4:25 p.m. ET
Gillette Stadium (68,756)

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After playing four of their first six games on the road, the New England Patriots will return to the confines of Gillette Stadium and try to get an edge in the AFC East with a key division game against the New York Jets. All four AFC East teams enter this week’s games with 3-3 records. It is the first time since realignment in 2002 that all of the teams in one division are tied for first place in Week 6 of the season or later.

PATRIOTS THROWBACK GAME
The Patriots will wear throwback uniforms that replicate the ones worn by the 1985 team this week. The Patriots wore throwback uniforms last season in the home game against the Jets, a 30-21 New England victory on Oct. 9, 2011. The Patriots will wear red jerseys with white pants and a white helmet featuring the ‘Pat Patriot’ logo with white facemasks. The Patriots are 8-3 in throwback uniforms.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience by CBS and can be seen in Boston on WBZ-TV Channel 4. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties with Phil Simms providing color. The game will be produced by Lance Barrow and directed by Mike Arnold.

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 40 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Gil Santos is in his 36th season as the voice of the Patriots and will call the action. Former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak will handle the color commentary.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience by Dial Global Sports. Kevin Kugler and Mark Malone will call the game. The game will also be broadcast by Sports USA. Bob Fitzgerald and Ross Tucker will call the game.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE
The New England Patriots own a 54-15 (.783) record in regular season AFC East games since the beginning of the 2001 season, compiling the best intra-division record of any team in the NFL.

SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots and Jets will meet for the 107th time, including three postseason games, since the series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. The Patriots earned their 14th sweep in the series last season following a 30- 21 win at Gillette Stadium on Oct. 9 and a 37-16 victory in the rematch at MetLife Stadium in a Sunday Night Football game on Nov. 13.

The Patriots sweep last season put them in front 53-52-1 in the all-time series. The Patriots are 28-25-1 all-time in home games against the Jets, including 24-19 overall in Foxborough and 8-4 at Gillette Stadium.

The teams have played in the postseason three times, a 1985 Wild Card game, a 2006 Wild Card game and an AFC Divisional game in 2010. New England beat the Jets, 26-14, in 1985 at the Meadowlands on their way to Super Bowl XX. In 2006, the Patriots defeated the Jets, 37-16, at Gillette Stadium. The Jets defeated the Patriots, 28-21, in the 2010 playoff game.

New England is 24-14 against the Jets since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. New England’s 53 victories over the Jets (including two playoff wins) are the second most over any single opponent, trailing only Buffalo with 63 all-time wins.

SERIES BREAKDOWN
NEW ENGLAND 53, NEW YORK 52, 1 Tie
(Including New England 2, New York 1 in Playoffs)

Home Record, 28-25-1 (incl. 1-1 in playoffs)
Record in Foxborough, 24-19
Gillette Stadium, 8-4
Foxboro Stadium, 16-15
Record in Boston, 4-5-1
Record in Birmingham, Alabama, 0-1

Away Record, 25-27 (incl. 1-0 in playoffs)
MetLife Stadium, 1-1
Giants Stadium, 17-10 (incl. 1-0 playoffs)
Shea Stadium, 5-14
Polo Grounds, 2-2

Seasonal Sweeps, Jets 14 (most recent '00), Patriots 13 ('07)
Bill Belichick vs. N.Y. Jets, 15-9 (14-8 with New England)


CONNECTIONS

New England Ties
  • Jets DE Mike DeVito is a native of Wellfleet, Mass., and played college football at Maine from 2003-06.
  • Jets Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano played center at the University of New Haven from 1978-82. Sparano returned to New Haven in 1984 when he received his first coaching position and spent four seasons (1984-87) serving as the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Sparano left New Haven following the 1987 season and took a job with Boston University as the offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and academic liaison. After serving in that capacity for two seasons, Sparano was promoted to offensive coordinator at BU. Sparano would return to New Haven once again in 1994 and serve as head coach through the 1998 season.
  • Jets Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Bill Hughan served as an assistant coach at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., from 1997-98.
  • Jets Offensive Line Coach Dave DeGuglielmo was born in Cambridge, Mass., graduated from Lexington High School in 1986 and was a member of the Boston University offensive line from 1986-90. DeGuglielmo has held a number of coaching positions throughout New England during his career and has coached at Boston College (graduate assistant OL 1991-92) Boston University (OL 1993-95, OL/Assistant Head Coach 1996) and the University of Connecticut (OL 1997-98).
  • Jets Defensive Quality Control Coach Brian Smith coached seven seasons at the University of Massachusetts and spent time coaching the defensive backs, linebackers and wide receivers during his tenure.


New York and New Jersey Ties

  • CB Kyle Arrington played football at Hofstra University from 2004-07.
  • S Steve Gregory was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was named Newsday and New York Daily News All-City WR at Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y. Gregory rushed for a borough-record 2,060 yards as a senior and finished his high school career with 51 touchdowns, 184 tackles and five interceptions.
  • CB Devin McCourty is a native of Montvale, N.J. and attended Saint Joseph’s High School before moving on to Rutgers University.
  • DL Justin Francis played at Rutgers University from 2007- 11.
  • Safeties Coach Brian Flores is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. and attended Poly Prep, where he was a running back and linebacker.
  • Coaching Assistant Steve Belichick attended Rutgers University where he played four years of lacrosse and spent one season as the long snapper for the football team.


Former Patriots

  • Jets RB Lex Hilliard had a brief stint with the Patriots earlier this season. Hilliard was signed by New England on Sept. 4 and waived on Sept. 19. Hilliard appeared in two games for the Patriots and tallied one carry for two yards.
  • Jets Quarterbacks Coach Matt Cavanaugh was a secondround draft pick of the Patriots in 1978 and played for New England for five years (1978-82).


Former Jets

  • Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick spent the 1997-1999 seasons as asst. head coach/secondary for the Jets before moving to New England for the 2000 season. The 1998 Jets became AFC East Champions under Belichick’s guidance.
  • Patriots Linebackers Coach Pepper Johnson played two seasons with the Jets (1997-98).
  • Patriots RB Danny Woodhead was a member of the Jets in 2008 and through the first week of the 2010 season. Woodhead was released by the Jets on Sept. 14 and signed by the Patriots four days later.
  • Patriots CB Marquice Cole played for the Jets from 2009- 11.


Former Teammates

  • Jets QB Tim Tebow played for the Broncos from 2010-11 and spent time with Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd (2010) and Patriots TE Daniel Fells (2011).
  • Lloyd also played with Jets T Jason Smith in St. Louis during the 2011 season. Smith was also teammates with Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui in St. Louis from 2010-11.
  • Patriots LB Tracy White teamed up with Jets DT Daniel Muir for the Packers in 2007.
  • Patriots DE Trevor Scott played with Jets WR Chaz Schillens in Oakland from 2008-11.
  • Patriots LB Bobby Carpenter and Jets DB Aaron Berry were defensive teammates for the Detroit Lions from 2010- 11.
  • Patriots S Steve Gregory and Jets CB Antonio Cromartie roamed the San Diego Chargers secondary together from 2006-09.
  • Jets S Yeremiah Bell played for the Miami Dolphins from 2004-11 and teamed up with a number of Patriots players. Bell played with Patriots WR Wes Welker (2005-06), Patriots OL Donald Thomas (2008-09), Patriots DL Rob Ninkovich (2007-08) and Patriots LB Bobby Carpenter (2010).
  • Carpenter was teammates with Jets K Nick Folk in Dallas from 2007-09.
  • Jets S LaRon Landry teamed up with Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd for one season in Washington (2007).
  • Patriots LB Niko Koutouvides played one season in Tampa Bay with Jets P Robert Malone (2010).


Former College Teammates

  • Jets QB Greg McElroy played at the University of Alabama with Patriots DL Brandon Deaderick (2006-08) and LB Dont’a Hightower (2008-10).
  • Jets QB Tim Tebow teamed up with Patriots players DE Jermaine Cunningham (2006-09), TE Aaron Hernandez (2007-09) and LB Brandon Spikes (2006-09) at the University of Florida.
  • Patriots OL Marcus Cannon and Jets WR Jeremy Kerley were teammates at TCU from 2007-10.
  • Patriots WR Brandon Lloyd played at the University of Illinois with Jets G Brandon Moore from 1999-01. Patriots rookie DB Tavon Wilson and Jets TE Jeff Cumberland also played together for the Fighting Illini from 2008-09.
  • Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich played with Jets TE Dustin Keller at Purdue from 2004-05.
  • Patriots LB Bobby Carpenter and Jets C Nick Mangold were teammates for their entire college careers at Ohio State University (2002-05).
  • Patriots rookie DB Alfonzo Dennard played one season (2008) with Jets G Matt Slauson at Nebraska.
  • Patriots P Zoltan Mesko and Jets LB David Harris played together at the University of Michigan from 2005-06.
  • Patriots G Logan Mankins played at Fresno State with Jets LB Garrett McIntyre from 2002-04. Patriots C Ryan Wendell played with McIntyre for one season (2004) and also played with Jets P Robert Malone from 2006-07.
  • Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was teammates with Jets S LaRon Landry for one season at LSU (2007).


STRONG IN THE SECOND HALF
Since 2001, the Patriots have done a remarkable job of finishing the season strong, compiling an NFL-best 69-16 (.812) record in games on or after Thanksgiving.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK VS. NY JETS


TOM BRADY
  • With one touchdown pass against the Jets, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 39 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his third longest streak all time, behind Drew Brees (48-current) and Johnny Unitas (47).
  • Brady has 49 career 300 yard games in the regular season and needs one more to break a tie with Warren Moon (49) for 7th place all time. Brady has two rushing touchdowns in 2012 and needs one more to tie his single-season career high of three set in 2011.


STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

  • Stephen Gostkowski (7-of-10) needs one more 50-yard field goal to tie Adam Vinatieri (8-of-17) for most 50-yard field goals in Patriots history.
  • Gostkowski has two 50-yarders so far in 2012 and can become the first Patriots player with three 50-yard field goals in a single season.


WES WELKER

  • Wes Welker has four straight 100-yard games and needs one against the Jets to set a team mark. He is tied with Randy Moss (2007) with four straight 100-yard games.
  • Welker (16) needs one more 10-plus catch game to break a second place tie with Marvin Harrison (15) and tie Jerry Rice (17) for the most 10-catch games in NFL history.
  • Welker has caught 10-plus catches in two straight games to tie his personal best. He had two back-to-back 10-plus catch games in 2009. If he has a 10-plus catch game against the Jets he will be the first with three straight 10- plus catch games since Andre Johnson of Houston in 2008. The NFL record for most consecutive 10-catch games is three by Johnson, Brett Perriman (1995) and Reggie Wayne (2007-08).
  • Welker needs one reception to extend his streak to 84 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has an overall streak of 100 straight regular-season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins.


TEAM

  • The Patriots have gained at least 350 total yards in 15 consecutive games and need to accomplish the feat against the Jets to tie the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams for the longest streak in NFL history.
  • The Patriots ran 89 offensive plays vs. Denver (10/7) and 85 offensive plays at Seattle (10/14). If they have 80 or plays against the Jets they will be the first team to do so in three straight games since the 1983 Dallas Cowboys.


INSIDE THE NUMBERS

BY THE NUMBERS

3
The Patriots have lost three games in 2012 by two points or fewer. They are the first team to lose three games by two points or less in the first six games since the 1960 Dallas Texans.

3
Rookie DE Chandler Jones has forced three fumbles on sacks so far in 2012.

4
The number of consecutive 100-yard games by Wes Welker to tie Randy Moss (2007) for the most consecutive 100-yard games.

5
The number of sacks by rookie DE Chandler Jones in the first six games of the season after his first two-sack game at Seattle (10/14).

7
The number of 20-yard runs by RB Stevan Ridley. Since 2000, Corey Dillon and Antowain Smith are tied with 13 runs of 20 or more, followed by Laurence Maroney (11), Kevin Faulk (10) and Sammy Morris (9).

9
The number of times that Wes Welker has reached 100 yards receiving in a half (6 in the first half and 3 in the second).

8.6
The average of rookie Brandon Bolden on 16 carries for 137 yards at Buffalo (9/30), tied for the third highest among Patriots players with at least 15 carries in a game.

15
The Patriots extended their streak to 15 consecutive games with at least 350 total yards for the second-longest streak in NFL history to the 16 by St. Louis (1999-2000).

20
The number of rushing yards the Patriots defense held Tennessee to in the 2012 season opener – tied for fifth-lowest total in team history.

35
The number of first downs by the Patriots vs. Denver (10/7) to set a franchise record and make the Patriots the first team since the 1970 merger to have three straight games with 30 or more first downs.

48
The number of receptions by Wes Welker so far in 2012, putting him on pace for 128 receptions. He would become the first player in NFL history with five 100-catch seasons.

145
The loss to Baltimore (9/23) ended the Patriots run of 145 consecutive games at .500 or better, the longest such streak in NFL history. Dallas had the second longest streak ever with 115 games at .500 or better (1965-1974).

157
The number of games the Patriots have gone without suffering a three-game losing streak, the longest in the NFL. Atlanta is second with 71 straight games.

TOM BRADY BY THE NUMBERS

1
Tom Brady became the first player to follow a 500-yard performance with a 400-yard performance after Brady had backto- back games with 517 yards and 423 yards to start 2011.

4
The number of seasons that Brady has reached 4,000 passing yards. His four 4,000-yard seasons are tied with Warren Moon and Philip Rivers for the fifth most in NFL history.

6
Brady became the sixth NFL quarterback in NFL history to have 30 or more touchdowns passes in at least three seasons after reaching 30 vs. Indianapolis (12/4) in 2011.

13
Tom Brady is one of 13 quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 500 or more yards after he passed for 517 in the 2011 opener at Miami.

21
The number of times Tom Brady has earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors to tie Peyton Manning for the most Player of the Week awards earned by a player since the accolade was instituted in 1984.

38
The number of consecutive games that Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass, third best behind 48 by Drew Brees and 47 by Johnny Unitas.

49
The number of regular season 300-yard passing games by Tom Brady, a team record.

99
The number of times that Brady has thrown two or more touchdowns in a game. The Patriots are 83-16 when he throws for two or more touchdowns.

5,235
The number of passing yards by Brady in 2011, the second most in a season in NFL history.

THE KRAFT ERA

3
The number of Super Bowl championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Only Denver (2; 1997 and 1998), Pittsburgh (2; 2005 and 2008) and the NY Giants (2: 2007 and 2011) have won multiple Super Bowl titles since 1994.

6
The number of conference championships the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Pittsburgh is second with four conference titles since 1994.

11
The number of division championships won by the Patriots since Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

13
The number of playoff seasons earned by the Patriots in the 18 seasons since Robert Kraft purchased the team.

19
The number of playoff games the Patriots have won since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. That mark is the highest total in the NFL over that span. Pittsburgh ranks second with 17 playoff wins over that span.

29
The number of playoff games the Patriots have appeared in since 1994, the most in the NFL. Pittsburgh has the second most with 27.

197
The number of consecutive home games that have been sold out, including playoff and postseason games dating back to the 1994 season opener.

THE BELICHICK ERA

4
Bill Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three championships since the Super Bowl era began. Belichick joins three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the exclusive club (Chuck Noll 4, Joe Gibbs 3 and Bill Walsh 3). Belichick is the only coach to win three Super Bowls in the post-1993 salary cap era and the only one to ever win three in four years.

195
Bill Belichick has 195 career victories as a head coach, including playoff games for 8th place all-time.

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