Gameday Gamecenter: Patriots vs Jets

<p>Game Day in Foxboro. The Battle of AFC Rivals is even more special as both teams are undefeated at 5-0. This is the first time these teams have met this far into the season carrying unbeaten records.</p> <p> Today's gameday game center has links to all the scoreboards, injury reports, rosters and info you need to know for today's matchup.</p>

PHOTO: New England Patriots corner back Ty Law (24) intercepts a pass from New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington in the third quarter at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, Saturday, Dec 20, 2003. Pennington threw five interceptions in the Jets 21-16 loss to the Patriots. (AP Photo/Tom Sperduto)

Pregame Notes: New York Jets at New England Patriots

The battle between New York and New England continues today when the undefeated Jets (5-0) march into Foxborough to battle the undefeated Patriots (5-0). This week is only the fourth time in NFL history that unbeaten teams with at least five wins have squared off. If the Patriots do win again this week, they will own the NFL record for consecutive regular-season wins at 18, breaking their tie with the George Halas-led 1933-34 Chicago Bears. Not too shabby for a franchise that used to be called the Patsies.

Old friend Curtis Martin will be the focal point on New England’s defensive radar as he leads the NFL in rushing yards (615 yds.) and is tied for second in total touchdowns with seven. Martin needs just 31 yards to pass Jim Brown (12,312 yards) and move into the seventh place on the NFL's all-time rushing list.

Another player the Pats’ defense will focus on is the dependable QB Chad Pennington. Pennington minimizes mistakes (31 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the red zone in his career) and completes passes with efficiency (AFC-best 70.4 percentage). With WR Santana Moss back, the Jets may look downfield more in their passing attack.

The Patriots will continue to run the ball with RB Corey Dillon. Dillon blasted Seattle last week with a pair of touchdowns and a 105-yard rushing performance against a solid Seahawk defense. Last season the Patriots were 30th in yards per rush, at 3.4. This season they've risen to 18th, at 4.0. Dillon already has more 100-yard games than Antowain Smith had last year (one) and as many rushing touchdowns (three).

Tom Brady’s protection will be essential today against the NFL’s best pass rusher, the Jets’ John Abraham. Due to a weakened Patriots’ receiving corp. because of injury, the Jets will gamble with various blitzes. Brady's ability to get rid of the ball quickly and accurately will play a big role in today’s outcome.

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Patriots (5-0) Vs Jets (5-0)
October 24, 2004
4:05 PM EST
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New York Jets:

OUT: CB Derrick Strait (Foot)
FS Rashad Washington (Foot)


PROBABLE FB B.J. Askew (Shoulder)
G Pete Kendall (Toe)
G Brandon Moore (Hamstring)
WR Santana Moss (Hamstring)

New England Patriots:

DOUBTFUL WR Deion Branch (Knee)

QUESTIONABLE RB Rabih Abdullah (Forearm)
T Tom Ashworth (Back)
WR Troy Brown (Shoulder)
FB Patrick Pass (Thigh)
CB Tyrone Poole (Knee)

PROBABLE QB Tom Brady (Shoulder)
QB Jim Miller (Shoulder)



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Buckley sees 20-20 on old team
Terrell Buckley knows all too well that the Jets' secondary is in for a challenge this weekend against his old team, the Patriots.

"He's a great offensive mind," Buckley said of coordinator Charlie Weis. "He is unbelievable, some of the stuff he does. It's fascinating. Other teams try these things during the week, but not on Sunday. He tries anything."
(New York Daily News)

Can he be like Tom?
FOXBORO, Mass. - It's a real blue state/green state debate, this Jets-Patriots game. On the one hand, it's not about the quarterbacks. It's about two NFL teams, both of which embody the team concept. It's gotten them both to 5-0 records, and today only the better team will leave the Massachusetts countryside at 6-0.
(Bergen Record)

Jets' keys to victory
No turnovers for Chad Pennington: The last time Pennington faced the Patriots, he threw a career-high five interceptions. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he can't turn the ball over if the Jets are to have a chance.
(NY Newsday)

Coming close won't cut it
FOXBORO, Mass. — If the up-and-coming Jets hope to succeed against the proven Patriots today it's likely they'll have to get hot where many have been frozen.

The Jets' red-zone offense, a strength this year, must continue to be productive in an area of the field where New England has proven to be at its best defensively.
(NY Journal News)

Not to be overlooked, Pats-Jets offers treat
FOXBORO -- Contrary to popular belief, the New England Patriots aren’t going to run away with the AFC East and leave the rest of the teams in their division choking on exhaust fumes.

FOXBORO — Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, an NFL head coach in waiting, gains more support around the league with every game he coaches.

Weis, the former Jets offensive coordinator under Bill Parcells, was lauded by several Jets this week as they prepared to face his innovative and aggressive offense today.
(NY Post)

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