After celebrating their first season-opening victory in three years with an impressive 30-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football last week, the Patriots are primed for their first divsional clash of the season against the New York Jets. This week's game will be the Patriots first of three road games in the next four weeks. Last year, the Patriots were 5-3 on the road, including a 17-16 victory over the Jets. Five of the last six games between the Patriots and the Jets have been decided by seven points or less, with the Jets holding a 3-2 advantage in those games. The Patriots have not claimed back-to-back wins in the series since 1996-97 and have not won their first two games to start a season since 1999.
This week's game will be broadcast nationally on CBS (locally on WBZ Channel 4). The play-by-play duties will be handled by Dick Enberg, who will be joined in the booth by Dan Dierdorf. Bonnie Bernstein will continue to provide sideline reports throughout the game.
Every Patriots game can be heard in stereo on the Patriots official flagship station WBCN 104.1 FM. Gil Santos, now in his 26th season as the voice of the Patriots, will call the game along with Patriots Hall of Famer Gino Cappelletti, who will provide in-depth analysis for his 22nd season. A complete list of the Patriots WBCN Rock Radio Network can be found on pages 462-463 of the 2002 Patriots media guide or at www.patriots.com.
With the Patriots 30-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on the season premiere of Monday Night Football last week, New England extended their win streak to 10 consecutive games, including last year's playoffs. If the Patriots defeat the Jets this weekend, they will set a new franchise record with eight consecutive regular season victories. The Patriots have won seven straight on five different occasions.
Tom Brady earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after completing 29 of 43 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns without an interception last week against the vaunted Steelers defense. He finished the game with a passer rating of 110.0, the fourth highest of his career. During a stretch that extended from late in the first quarter into the third quarter, the Patriots called 23 consecutive pass plays (including two sacks).
Looking Sharp In Gillette Stadium:
The Patriots looked sharp in their season-opening victory over the Steelers as the team and its fans celebrated the grand opening of Gillette Stadium. The Patriots converted three of the five forced turnovers into points and scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a commanding 27-7 lead.