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Patriots open AFC East play at N.Y. Jets

The Patriots open divisional play this Sunday on the road against the New York Jets. New England will face its first road test of the season with a trip down I-95 to face its division rival.



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The Patriots open divisional play this Sunday on the road against the New York Jets. New England began its season with a 17-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium and will face its first road test of the season with a trip down I-95 to face its division rival. This week's game is the first in a two-game divisional set, with the Patriots slated to return home to face Miami on Sept. 21 before enjoying a bye week in the last weekend of September.

The Patriots will look to take the lead in their all-time series against New York, with the teams entering this week deadlocked at 48-48-1. New England has won 10 of its last 11 games against the Jets, including seven straight at the Meadowlands. The Patriots will seek their 21st consecutive regular-season victory, having not dropped a regular season contest since Dec. 10, 2006 at Miami.


TELEVISION:This week's game will be broadcast to a regional audience by CBS. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the game, which can be seen in the Boston area on WBZ-TV Channel 4.

RADIO:WBCN 104.1 FM is the flagship station for the Patriots Rock Radio Network. A complete listing of the network's 36 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Gil Santos is in his 32nd season as the voice of the Patriots and will call the action along with Patriots Hall of Famer Gino Cappelletti. Santos and Cappelletti are celebrating their 25th anniversary season as a tandem.

NATIONAL RADIO:This week's game will be broadcast to a national audience by Sports USA Radio. Larry Kahnand Tim Pernettiwill call the game and Troy West will provide updates from the sideline.

The Patriots and Jets will meet for the 98th time since the series between the AFC East rivals began in 1960. New England opened the 2007 season with a 38-14 win over New York on Sept. 9. The Patriots swept the season series with the Jets last year, also defeating the Jets in Week 15, 20-10. The Patriots have won nine of their last 10 games against the Jets (including one playoff game). The Patriots have swept the season series with the Jets in four of the last five seasons. New England is 19-10 against the Jets since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994. New England's 48 victories over the Jets (including two playoff wins) are the second most over any single opponent, trailing only Buffalo (55 all-time wins).


  • The Patriots have won their last seven road games against the Jets, a streak that dates back to a 17-16 victory at Giants Stadium on Dec. 2, 2001. The last time the Patriots lost a road game to the Jets was on Sept. 11, 2000, when New York claimed a 20-19 win on Monday Night Football in Bill Belichick's second game as Patriots head coach.
  • With a victory this week, the Patriots would hold a winning record in the all-time series with the Jets. Entering this week's game, the record between the two AFC East rivals stands at 48-48-1, including regular-season and playoff games.
  • The Patriots are 12-3 in their last 15 AFC East road games, a streak dating back to 2003. Since 2001, the Patriots are 16-5 in divisional road contests. The Patriots have won nine of their last 10 road AFC East games.
  • The Patriots have held the Jets to 17 points or fewer in nine of the last 10 meetings between the teams (including playoffs).
  • This week's game will mark the 98th meeting between the Patriots and Jets. The Jets have been the Patriots' most frequent opponent over the years – Buffalo ranks second with 96 meetings.
  • Seven members of the Jets coaching staff are former Patriots coaches, players or staff members – Eric Mangini (head coach), Bryan Cox (asst. defensive line), Brian Daboll (quarterbacks), Andy Dickerson (quality control-defense), Jerome Henderson (asst. secondary), Jimmy Raye (running backs) and Rick Lyle (asst. strength and conditioning).

Jets quarterback Brett Farve has started against the Patriots five times, all when he was with the Packers, and owns a 3-2 record in those games. Farve had a rough outing in his last game against the Patriots in Week 11 of the 2006 season as he was knocked out of the game just before halftime with a right elbow injury. The Patriots went on to blank the Packers by a 35-0 score.

The Patriots and Jets have played 15 times since 2001, with New England holding a 12-3 advantage in those games, including nine victories in the last 10 games between the clubs.



  • Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was the Jets' assistant head coach/secondary for three seasons (1997-99).
  • Jets head coach Eric Manginiwas a member of the Patriots coaching staff for six seasons from 2000-05, serving as the secondary coach for the first five seasons and as New England's defensive coordinator in 2005.
  • Defensive line coach Pepper Johnson played for two seasons with the Jets from 1997-98 before retiring in 1999.
  • Special teams coach Brad Seely held the same position with the Jets in 1994.
  • Patriots Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioliwas the director of pro personnel for the Jets from 1997-1999.
  • Jets assistant defensive line coach Bryan Cox was a linebacker on the Patriots' 2001 world championship team.
  • Jets assistant strength and conditioning coach Rick Lyle was a defensive lineman for the Patriots from 2002-03.
  • Jets running backs coach Jimmy Raye was the Patriots' offensive coordinator on head coach Rod Rust'sstaff in 1990.
  • Jets quarterbacks coach Brian Daboll was the Patriots' wide receivers coach from 2002-06 and served as a defensive assistant with the team from 2000-01.
  • Jets defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson played cornerback for the Patriots from 1991-93, then again in 1996. He was originally a Patriots second round pick (41st overall) in the 1991 NFL Draft, and played in Super Bowl XXXI.
  • Jets defensive lineman Kareem Brown was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft and spent the first 11 weeks of the season on the Patriots' active roster before being released on Nov. 27.
  • Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody was the Patriots' first pick (17th selection overall) in the 1999 draft. Woody played for the Patriots from 1999-2003.


  • Patriots linebackers Shawn Crable and Pierre Woods and Jets linebacker David Harris were teammates at the University of Michigan.
  • Jets tight end Chris Baker attended Michigan State while Patriots offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh McDaniels was a graduate assistant on the Spartans coaching staff.
  • Patriots defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith played at the University of Nebraska when Jets assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan was the head coach of the Cornhuskers.
  • Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather and Jets defensive lineman Kareem Brownwere teammates at the University of Miami.
  • Patriots wide receiver Kelley Washington and Jets defensive end Shaun Ellisattended the University of Tennessee together.
  • Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo and Jets quarterback Erik Ainge are both rookies out of the University of Tennessee.
  • Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody attended Boston College.
  • Jets offensive guard Alan Fanecablocked for Patriots running back Kevin Faulk at Louisiana State University from 1995-97. Faneca helped Faulk finish second (4,557) on the Southeastern Conference's career rushing list.
  • Patriots cornerback Lewis Sanderswas teammates with Kris Jenkins and Eric Bartonat the University of Maryland.
  • Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork was a teammate of Jets defensive lineman Kareem Brownat the University of Miami.
  • Patriots linebackers Shawn Crable and Pierre Woods were teammates with Jets linebacker David Harrisat the University of Michigan.


  • As head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1995, Belichick hired Mike Tannenbaum as a personnel intern and Eric Mangini as a coaching assistant. Tannenbaum is now the Jets' general manager and Mangini is the Jets' head coach.
  • Patriots wide receiver Wes Welkerand Jets defensive end David Bowens were teammates on the Miami Dolphins in 2005.
  • Jets director of player personnel Terry Bradway was a scout with the New York Giants from 1986-90, while Bill Belichickwas a member of the coaching staff.
  • Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was the San Diego Chargers quarterbacks coach when Patriots safety Rodney Harrison was on the team.
  • Jets linebackers coach Jim Herrmann served as the University of Michigan's defensive coorodinator/linebackers coach when Patriots linebackers Shawn Crableand Pierre Woods were on the team. Hermann was also on the Wolverine's defensive coaching staff when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was on the team.
  • Patriots special assistant/secondary coach Dom Capers was the Miami Dolphins' assistant to the head coach in 2006 when Jets defensive line coach Dan Quinn held the same position for the Dolphins.
  • Jets running backs coach Jimmy Raye was the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders in 2005, which was Patriots running back LaMont Jordan and wide receiver Randy Moss' first year with the Raiders.
  • Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and Jets guard Alan Faneca were teammates on the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1998 to 2000.


  • Jets head coach Eric Mangini is from Hartford, Conn., and attended Wesleyan University.
  • Jets offensive quality control coach Brian Smith spent three seasons coaching at the University of Massachusetts from 2004-06, where he was also a three-year starter during his collegiate career from 1997-2000.
  • Jets defensive end Mike DeVito is a native of Welfleet, Massachusetts and played at the University of Maine, where he finished his collegiate career with 112 total tackles and 16 sacks.

The Patriots have won 20 consecutive regular-season games dating back to a 40-7 win over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 17, 2006. New England's 20-game regularseason winning streak is the longest in NFL history, eclipsing the Patriots' 18 consecutive regular-season wins from Oct. 5, 2003 to Oct. 24, 2004.

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