8:25 PM ET, September 12, 2013
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
After each team needed a late field goal to win their respective season openers, the New England Patriots and New York Jets are taking a more businesslike approach heading into the latest installment of a rivalry that has been one-sided of late.
Looking to extend their dominance within the AFC East, the Patriots try for a sixth consecutive regular-season win over the visiting Jets on Thursday night.
Trash-talking from both sides has often preceded matchups between these division rivals, and the image of New York quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbling into the behind of one of his own linemen during last season's 49-19 Thanksgiving night loss to New England is hard to forget. However, neither team has time to bring up the past or focus on anything other than preparing for this quick turnaround.
"It's Boston-New York," New England quarterback Tom Brady said. "It's going to be exciting. Hopefully, we can go out on a short week and win the game."
New England is riding an 11-game winning streak over East teams since a 34-31 loss at Buffalo on Sept. 25, 2011. The Patriots have won 12 consecutive division home games during the regular season since a 34-31 overtime defeat to the Jets on Nov. 13, 2008.
That is the only time in New York's last five regular-season trips to Foxborough that it has prevailed. Perhaps the biggest victory in coach Rex Ryan's tenure with the Jets, though, came at New England in the divisional playoffs following the 2010 season.
"If you want to win your division you have to beat (the Patriots)," Ryan said. "It's going to be a huge challenge without question."
"Their team is different now," Ryan said. "But again, it's New England. It starts with Brady."
He's completed 67.6 percent of his passes and thrown 13 touchdowns with one interception during the five-game regular-season winning streak against the Jets.
Even with a new -- and in some cases less-experienced -- supporting cast, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels believes that success can continue.
"Tom has had a lot of games against this defense, a lot of games against coach Ryan's unit, and this is not going to be different in that regard," he said.
Brady was 29 of 52 for 288 yards with two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 23-21 win at Buffalo. He completed four passes to Danny Amendola for 26 yards and three to running back Shane Vereen for 10 on the drive that set up Stephen Gostkowski's 35-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining.
Vereen rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries but will miss at least eight weeks after he broke a small bone in his left wrist. Amendola caught 10 passes for 104 yards, but is dealing with a groin injury and is uncertain to suit up Thursday.
Running back Stevan Ridley likely will start after his playing time was cut following a second-quarter fumble. He ran for 97 yards and a TD on 21 attempts against the Jets on Thanksgiving.
"We know that there are some players on our offense that are gaining experience each week and that there are plenty of players on our offense that have plenty of experience already," McDaniels said. "Our standard is high. We want to play good offense and take care of the football and maintain our balance, score in the red zone and convert on third down.
"Those things are never going to change."
Though the Patriots have averaged 38.0 points and 419.2 yards in the last five regular-season meetings with New York, they could be in for a challenge against a Jets defense that held Tampa Bay to 250 total yards and three second-half points during Sunday's 18-17 win.
Buccaneers star Doug Martin managed 65 yards with a TD on 24 carries.
"We've just got to do our job week in and out," safety Dawan Landry said. "Every week's going to be a challenge. We're going to be up for it, though."
Hours after Geno Smith went 24 of 38 for 256 yards with a TD, interception and fumble in his NFL debut for the Jets, he was studying the Patriots on film.
"We're going to do our best to prepare ourselves, and we will be ready come Thursday night," said Smith, who took a late hit from Tampa Bay's Lavonte David that resulted in a penalty and set up Nick Folk's winning 48-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.
Smith will be without one of the team's more versatile weapons. Receiver/returner Jeremy Kerley will miss Thursday's game with a concussion, so New York re-signed Ben Obomanu on Tuesday to help fill in.
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|Nov 22, 2012||NYJ 19, NE 49|
|Oct 21, 2012||NYJ 26, @NE 29|
|Nov 13, 2011||NYJ 16, NE 37|
|Oct 9, 2011||NYJ 21, @NE 30|
|Jan 16, 2011||NYJ 28, @NE 21|
|Dec 6, 2010||NYJ 3, @NE 45|
|Sep 19, 2010||NYJ 28, NE 14|
|Nov 22, 2009||NYJ 14, @NE 31|
|Sep 20, 2009||NYJ 16, NE 9|
|Nov 13, 2008||NYJ 34, @NE 31|
|Sep 14, 2008||NYJ 10, NE 19|
|Dec 16, 2007||NYJ 10, @NE 20|
|Sep 9, 2007||NYJ 14, NE 38|
|Jan 7, 2007||NYJ 16, @NE 37|
|Nov 12, 2006||NYJ 17, @NE 14|
|Sep 17, 2006||NYJ 17, NE 24|
|Dec 26, 2005||NYJ 21, NE 31|
|Dec 4, 2005||NYJ 3, @NE 16|
|Dec 26, 2004||NYJ 7, NE 23|
|Oct 24, 2004||NYJ 7, @NE 13|
|Dec 20, 2003||NYJ 16, NE 21|
|Sep 21, 2003||NYJ 16, @NE 23|
|Dec 22, 2002||NYJ 30, @NE 17|
|Sep 15, 2002||NYJ 7, NE 44|
|Dec 2, 2001||NYJ 16, NE 17|
|Sep 23, 2001||NYJ 10, @NE 3|
Geno and the Jets are up against history Thursday - no rookie QB has ever defeated Bill Belichick's Patriots in Foxborough. In fact, Ryan Tannehill, Andrew Luck, Mark Sanchez, and Byron Leftwich - each a top-10 pick - all lost by at least 14 points in New England.[+]
With Shane Vereen ruled out and Danny Amendola likely to join him, Tom Brady will be without two of his top three targets from Week 1 this Thursday. When targeting those two and Julian Edelman in Week 1, Brady went 24-of-33 with 2 TD. When targeting all other Patriots receivers, Brady went 5-of-19 with an interception.[+]
Tom Brady by Target, Week 1
Tom Brady certainly enjoys Thursday games. He's posted a 5-0 record while throwing for 303 pass yards per game, 12 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions.[+]
The Patriots won despite having more punts (11) than 1st downs (9). It was the first such win for New England in the Bill Belichick era (since 2000).
Patriots' win last night snapped a 7-game losing streak (including playoffs) in games that they scored less than 20 points.[+]
Patriots Since 2009 Including Playoffs, Scoring Less Than 20 Points
Geno Smith struggled when the Patriots sent four or fewer pass rushers, completing 38% of his attempts after completing 66% of such attempts last week. Smith was sacked four times against a standard pass rush, tied for the second most such sacks the Patriots have had in a game in the last six seasons.[+]
Geno Smith vs 4 or Fewer Rushers, This Season
Tom Brady struggled to throw to any receiver not named Julian Edelman Thursday, completing 29% of his attempts to all other receivers. Brady targeted Edelman on 46% of his attempts, Brady's highest percentage to a receiver other than Wes Welker in a game in the last six seasons.[+]
Tom Brady Passing by Target, Thursday
Tom Brady completed 11 of his 24 passes in the 1st half Thursday, only the fifth time since the start of the 2008 season that Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes in a 1st half.[+]
Tom Brady Lowest Comp Pct - 1st Half in Single Game Since 2008
Aaron Dobson is the first Patriots wide receiver with a receiving touchdown in his first career game since Chad Jackson in 2006 against the Jets. (The last Patriots player to do so was Rob Gronkowski in 2010, but Jackson is the last wide receiver to do so.)[+]
The Patriots 9 1st downs are the fewest for the team in the Bill Belichick era (since 2000). Previous low was 11 in 2002 Week 15 at Tennessee (24-7 loss).
Geno Smith picked his spots in the first three quarters. Smith took four sacks in the first 45 minutes but did not throw an interception. Smith threw three picks in the fourth quarter, all on throws more than 10 yards downfield. Mark Sanchez threw three total fourth-quarter interceptions all last season.[+]
Geno Smith Passing, More Than 10 Yards Downfield, Thursday
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