ESPNBoston.com takes note of the 22 undrafted players the Patriots employ on their roster and injured reserve. Coach Bill Belichick has utilized guys like running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who more than filled the gap left by Laurence Maroney, offensive-lineman Dan Connolly, newcomer and quick favorite Danny Woodhead, cornerback Kyle Arrington and the always consistent wide receiver Wes Welker to their fullest potential, making the Patriots unlike any other team in the NFL, writes ESPNBoston.com.
Another number of note is 37. That's the number of Patriots who've never won a playoff game, writes the Boston Globe. Among those players is linebacker Jerod Mayo, who, despite that fact, "[knows] who we're playing," regarding New England's third meeting with the Jets.
Read more about Mayo in the playoffs in the Boston Herald.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may be having a better season now than his flawless 16-0 regular-season performance in 2007 according to some Jets, writes ESPNBoston.com. With 355 consecutive passes without an interception, five reliable receivers to throw to in a more balanced offense, despite losing hall-of-fame bound receiver Randy Moss, Brady has the Jets saying some positive things about New England for once.
One Jet saying quite the opposite about the Pats three-time champion quarterback is cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who called Brady a word primetime television would not be able to air. According to Cromartie, Brady had been pointing to the Jets sidelines during New England's 45-3 debacle of the visiting Jets on Dec. 6. Read more about it on ESPNBoston.com, on the New England Patriots Blog and in the Boston Globe.
Read about Belichick's success after bye weeks in the Boston Herald.
In some ways Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch is newer to the Patriots than rookies like tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski; he was brought in midseason in the wake of the Moss trade. In other ways Branch is a veteran, having already celebrated two Super Bowls. In Super Bowl XXXIX he was named MVP. Read about how Branch is tapping into his champion Pats of yore in the Boston Herald.
With all 44 starters from both teams in play this Sunday, the Boston Globe addresses the question of whether the Patriots will lambaste the Jets again, like they did on Dec. 6, or if it will be a closer game.
Read game predictions from the Jets' perspective on ESPNBoston.com.
Read about Patriots veteran tight end Alge Crumpler in the Boston Herald.