Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe writes about the future of Chad Ochocinco after yesterday's release of Albert Haynesworth. Some circles have talked about the Haynesworth release as a warning shot for Ochocinco, but they appear to be wrong. In Sunday's loss to the Giants Ochocinco was targeted five times and appeared to be more in synch with Tom Brady.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes about recent comments from Mark Anderson and how he expects the Patriots to rebound this week against the Jets. "We're going to do a little more preparation for the Jets. They had a great game last week," Anderson said. "I know Bill (Belichick) is looking forward to this game and we are as well. We're going to be real prepared for them and we're going to be ready to make a statement."
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes about the much anticipated rematch between the Patriots and Jets this week. Since the Patriots Week 5 win over the Jets the two teams have gone in different directions. The Jets are 3-0 since then while the Patriots are 1-2. When asked if he saw any change in the Jets, Coach Bill Belichick said, "I don't think there are a whole lot of new things, just they're doing a good job. It'll be a big challenge down there for us this week. I'm sure it will be a very lively crowd emotional atmosphere -- at night, Sunday night so we have to do a good job of having a solid week of preparation and being ready to go against a good football team. Both teams know each other well, I'm sure there won't be a whole lot of surprises. It will come down to good solid football, whichever team does the best job executing [and] avoids any bad plays probably will certainly help their chances."
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com writes about the distribution of passes by the Patriots. Through eight games, Wes Welker leads the team with 93 targets and 66 receptions. After Welker, Rob Gronkowski has 62 targets with 44 catches. This duo drew attention last Sunday against the Giants being targeted 25 times combined. "I think you want to try to get the ball to your playmakers," said Bill Belichick when asked him about the ever-increasing reliance on those two players. "Those guys have made a lot of plays for us, so I'd say if we threw that many passes and didn't throw it to them, then you'd be coming in here saying, 'Hey Bill, you threw all these passes, how come only two went to Welker and one went to Gronkowski? How come you didn't throw it to them?' "
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com takes his weekly look at the Patriots tackle chart. Patrick Chung moved into a tie with fellow defensive back Devin McCourty atop the list with 58 tackles. On special teams, Matthew Slater and Tracy White lead the team with eight tackles, but rookie Jeff Tarpinian continues to charge up the leader board with seven. As for quarterback hits, Ander carter leads the team with eight with Mark Anderson and Vince Wilfork close behind with six.