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Game Preview: Patriots host Jets on Thursday Night Football

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-2) vs. NEW YORK JETS (1-5)
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:25 p.m. ET
* Gillette Stadium (68,756)*

The New England Patriots will face the New York Jets this Thursday for their second game against a division opponent in a five-day span. Last Sunday, the Patriots claimed first place in the AFC East with a 37-22 win against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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The Patriots will face the Jets in a Thursday game for the third straight season. On Nov. 22, 2012, the Patriots beat the Jets, 49-19, on Thanksgiving night and last season, the Patriots beat the Jets, 13-10, at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 12.

The Patriots will face the Jets in a Thursday game for the third straight season. On Nov. 22, 2012, the Patriots beat the Jets, 49-19, on Thanksgiving night and last season, the Patriots beat the Jets, 13-10, at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 12.

The Patriots enter this week with 32 straight wins at home against AFC opponents, the longest streak in NFL history (following the merger in 1970). The Miami Dolphins have the second longest streak with 21 straight home conference wins(1971-1974). The Patriots last loss at home against an AFC opponent was a 33-10 loss vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 30, 2008. Tom Brady has won 40 straight home regular-season games against the AFC.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by CBS and can be seen locally on WBZTV Channel 4 in Boston. Jim Nantz will handle play-by-play duties with Phil Simms as the color analyst. Tracy Wolfson will work from the sidelines. The game will be produced by Lance Barrow and directed by Mike Arnold.

NATIONAL RADIO: This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience by Westwood One Sports. Ian Eagle and Boomer Esiason will call the game with Laura Okmin as the sideline reporter.

LOCAL RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network (view affiliates). Play-by-play broadcaster Bob Socci will call the action along with former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak, who will provide color analysis.

TY LAW NIGHT

New England Patriots 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Ty Law will be honored at halftime of this Thursday night's game vs. the New York Jets. Law was voted by the fans as the 22nd player to enter the Patriots Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony was held on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon on Friday, Aug. 1.

Law joins Tedy Bruschi (2013), Troy Brown (2012) and Drew Bledsoe (2011) as the only players to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. He was credited by Patriots Chairman and CEO as one of the key building blocks to the team's three Super Bowl Championships. Law spent 10 seasons with the Patriots (1995-2004) after joining the team as a first-round (23rd overall) draft pick out of Michigan in 1995. In addition to three Super Bowl Championships, Law was selected to four Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro during his tenure with the Patriots.

SERIES HISTORY

The Patriots and Jets will meet for the 111th time, including three postseason games, since the series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. This week's game will be the first meeting between the two teams in 2014. The Patriots will travel to face the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 21.

Last season the teams split the annual series with the Patriots beating the Jets, 13-10, in a Thursday Night game at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 12 and the Jets taking a 30-27 overtime win in the rematch at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 20.

The Patriots lead the series, 56-53-1 overall.

The Patriots are 30-25-1 all-time against the Jets at home, including 1-1 at home in the postseason.

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 27-15 against the Jets since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994.

New England's 56 overall victories over the Jets (including two playoff wins) are the second most over any single opponent, trailing only Buffalo with 67 alltime wins.

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SERIES BREAKDOWN
NEW ENGLAND 56, NEW YORK 53, 1 TIE

Home Record, 30-25-1 (incl. 1-1 in playoffs)
Record in Foxborough, 26-19
Gillette Stadium, 10-4
Foxboro Stadium, 16-15
Record in Boston 4-5-1
Record in Birmingham, Alabama, 0-1

Away Record, 26-28 (incl. 1-0 in playoffs)
MetLife Stadium, 2-2
Giants Stadium, 17-10 (incl. 1-0 playoffs)
Shea Stadium, 5-14
Polo Grounds, 2-2

Seasonal Sweeps, Patriots 15 (most recent '12), Jets 14 ('00)

Bill Belichick vs. N.Y. Jets, 21-11 (20-10 with New England)

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BRADY VS. N.Y. JETS
Tom Brady owns a 18-5 record against the Jets as a starting quarterback in regular-season games.

BILL BELICHICK ON THURSDAY
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick will coach in his tenth game on a Thursday, including his ninth with the Patriots. Belichick is 7-2 all-time when coaching on Thursday, including 3-1 on Thursday Thanksgiving games and 6-2 as head coach of the Patriots in Thursday games.

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OWNING THE EAST AT HOME**
The Patriots won all of their home division games in 2013 for the the fifth straight season and increased their total 15 straight wins at home against AFC East opponents. The last time the Patriots lost a home game against an AFC East opponent was on Nov. 13, 2008, when the New York Jets left Gillette Stadium with a 34-31 overtime win. The Patriots are now 31-5 against the AFC East at Gillette Stadium.

CONNECTIONS

NEW ENGLAND TIES

  • Jets P Ryan Quigley attended Boston College from 2008-11 and is the Eagles' career punting record holder with 283 attempts.
  • Jets assistant defensive backs coach Brian Smith was the outside linebackers coach for the University of Massachusetts in 2004 and then coached the team's wide receivers from 2005-06.
  • Jets OL Breno Giacomini was a three-year defensive starter at Malden (Mass.) HS, where he led the team in passes defensed and earned Greater Boston League All-Star honors.
    NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY TIES
  • Patriots Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Kraft graduated from Columbia University in 1963 with a degree in history and economics and was inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • Patriots S Devin McCourty attended Saint Joseph's HS in Montvale, N.J., where he was an all-league first-team defensive back his final two seasons. McCourty went on to play college football at Rutgers, where he started 39 of 52 games at cornerback and was an Academic All-Big East selection in 2006 and 2007.
  • Patriots DB Logan Ryan attended Eastern HS in Voorhees, N.J., before playing college football at Rutgers, where he started 27 of 37 games at cornerback and was a first-team All-American selection as a senior by Pro Football Weekly.
  • Patriots TE Tim Wright grew up in Neptune, N.J., and played high school football at Wall High School in Wall Township, N.J. He played collegiately at Rutgers University as a wide receiver from 2009-12, where he played in 25 games with five starts and recorded 50 catches for 596 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Patriots S Duron Harmon started 27 of 50 games at Rutgers, earning first-team All-Big East honors as a junior and senior.
  • Patriots DL Dominique Easley attended Curtis HS in Staten Island, N.Y., and was named Most Valuable Player at the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game.
    FORMER PATRIOTS

Jets LB A.J. Edds played for the Patriots for three weeks in September 2011, and then spent training camp with the Patriots in 2013 before being released in August prior to the start of the regular season. * Jets WR Greg Salas was acquired by the Patriots from the Rams on Sept. 1, 2012, in exchange for a 2015 draft pick. He spent most of the season on the team's practice squad, but was signed to the active roster for one week on Nov. 17, 2012 before being released. Salas was claimed off waivers by the Eagles on Nov. 23, 2012. * Jets TE Zach Sudfeld was originally signed by New England as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013. He played in three games for the Patriots before being released on Oct. 3, 2013. * Jets CB Phillip Adams appeared in six games for the Patriots during the 2011 regular season, recording seven total tackles and one interception on Monday Night Football vs. Kansas City (11/21).
FORMER JETS

  • Patriots CB Darrelle Revis was originally drafted by the Jets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He started 79 games over six seasons with the club, earning Pro Bowl honors each season from 2008-11 and Associated Press All-Pro first-team honors from 2009-11.
  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick served as the assistant head coach/ secondary for the Jets from 1997-99 before accepting the head coaching role for New England in 2000.
  • Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo served in the same capacity with the Jets in 2012.
  • Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll was the Jets' quarterbacks coach from 2007-08.
    FORMER NFL TEAMMATES
  • Jets WR Eric Decker played under Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Josh McDaniels for the Denver Broncos in 2010, when McDaniels was the team's head coach.
  • Patriots S Patrick Chung and Jets QB Michael Vick played together on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013.
  • Patriots WR Danny Amendola, TE Michael Hoomanawanui and Jets WR Greg Salas were offensive teammates on the St. Louis Rams in 2011 under the direction of Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks Josh McDaniels, who was then serving in the same capacity with the Rams.
  • Patriots CB Darrelle Revis, DT Chris Jones, TE Tim Wright and Jets WR Chris Owusu all played together for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013.
  • Patriots offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee both served in the same capacity for the Miami Dolphins together in 2009 and 2010.
    FORMER COLLEGE TEAMMATES
  • Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower and Jets CB Dee Milliner were defensive teammates at Alabama from 2010-11, where they helped the Crimson Tide shut out Louisiana State 21-0 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
  • Patriots G Josh Kline and Jets G Brian Winters played together on the offensive line for Kent State from 2009-12. The two both earned All-Mid Atlantic Conference honors after anchoring the left side of the line for the Golden Flashes in 2012, with Winters playing tackle and Kline inside at guard.
  • Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui (2007-09), DB Tavon Wilson (2008-11) and Jets TE Jeff Cumberland (2006-09) were teammates at Illinois.
  • Patriots OL Marcus Cannon and Jets WR Jeremy Kerley were teammates at Texas Christian from 2007-10.
  • Patriots LS Danny Aiken and Jets OL Oday Aboushi were teammates at Virginia from 2009-10.
  • Patriots DB Kyle Arrington and Jets OL Willie Colon were teammates at Hofstra in 2004.
  • Patriots S Don Jones and Jets LB Demario Davis were defensive teammates at Arkansas State in 2009 and 2011.
  • Patriots P Ryan Allen and Jets DE Ikemefuna Enemkpali played together at Louisiana Tech from 2010-12.
  • Patriots OL Cameron Fleming and Jets WR Chris Owusu were teammates at Stanford from 2010-11.
  • Patriots DT Sealver Siliga and Jets OLB Trevor Reilly were defensive teammates at Utah in 2010.
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