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Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about the impact on the AFC East the Patriots win over the Jets had. After a 37-16 win over the Jets, the Patriots now sit alone at the top of the AFC East at 6-3. "Any time you play the Jets, it's a statement game," left tackle Matt Light said. "With this much on the line — we hadn't lost back-to-back games in a while — it wasn't a good feeling around our locker room. Ultimately, we went out there and did it."

ESPNBoston.com writes about Tom Brady's comments on the Patriots' "day off" on Monday. Although Coach Bill Belichick told players to take Monday and Tuesday off after Sunday's win, Brady knows that that will not happen. "I'd say everybody at some point goes in to work out or get treatment or start getting prepared for next week," Brady explained. "It's not like literally guys show up Wednesday morning. Not on this team at least, maybe some other teams, but our team has never been like that."

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe writes about the effect the Patriots' pass rush had on Sunday's game. Lead by a team-record 4.5 sacks from Andre Carter, the Patriots pass rush helped a defense that started five undrafted free agents (James Ihedigbo, Jeff Tarpinian, Kyle Arrington, Kyle Love and Sterling Moore) against a divisional rival. "It's great,'' James Ihedigbo said of the pass rush. "When you're only covering for three or four seconds because you know guys are getting to the quarterback, it allows you to play more aggressive.''

Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes about the Patriots avoiding their first three game losing streak in nine seasons. "Early on, the naysayers have written us off, and they've been writing our defense off forever," Deion Branch said. "These guys have been playing great ball for us. Every week, they're going to continue to get better and better, and that's what it's all about."

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes about the Patriots ability to respond after two straight losses. "A lot of guys really stepped up to the challenge," Tom Brady said. "It was good to see. This is a tough place to play. It's a very good football team. It was very sweet getting this win." The Patriots put 37 points on the board after scoring only 37 combined in the two losses before Sunday.

Mary Paoletti of CSNNE.com writes about the great defensive performance by Rob Ninkovich in the Patriots win over the Jets. Ninkovich tallied five tackles, one assisted tackle, two interceptions and one touchdown. The former special teams standout has transformed himself into one of the starting linebackers on the Patriots squad and is looked at as an important piece of the Patriots system. When asked about his interceptions, Ninkovich was modest. "I haven't seen [the first interception] on tape yet," he said with a smile, "but I was just dropping back in coverage and I think the receiver missed it, and then [Jerod] Mayo tipped it and it came my way. So it was just one of those lucky tips, it came right to me. Opportunity came and I caught it."

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com breaks down the Patriots special teams units during the Patriots-Jets game. Newly acquired linebacker Niko Koutouvides, and surprise starter Jeff Tarpinian were on all four special teams units along with Tracy White and Sergio Brown. 

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