Preview: Patriots at New York Jets

The Patriots and Jets kick off the 2007 season in the Meadowlands. It's a division game and also a rematch of the teams' playoff tilt from last season, which the Patriots won 37-16 in Foxborough.

New England Patriots (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
Sunday, September 9, 2007, 1:00pm (EDT)

TV: CBS (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms); DIRECTV channels 708 and 722 (HD)

Radio: New England regional: WBCN (104.1); New York regional: WEPN (1050); National: Westwood One, SIRIUS channels 122 and 181

Series: Jets lead 48-46-1

Last meetings: New England won 24-17 in New York in Week 2 last season. The Jets returned the favor by winning in New England 17-14 in Week 10. New England then knocked off the Jets in the Wild Card playoffs, 37-16 at Gillette Stadium.

What's in store for the Patriots and Jets in the 2007 season? There are high expectations for both teams. The Patriots went 12-4 last season, winning the AFC East for the 4th straight year. New England advanced to the AFC Championship Game, but fell to the Indianapolis Colts 38-34. One more play on offense could have made the difference. To remedy the situation, the Patriots acquired wide receivers Randy Moss, Donte' Stallworth, and Wes Welker. They also signed the most high-profile defensive free agent, Adalius Thomas. Many media outlets are predicting a Super Bowl trip for the Patriots.

For the Jets, the playoff loss to the Patriots couldn't erase a 10-win season under rookie head coach Eric Mangini. New York added former Bears running back Thomas Jones (who rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the last two seasons) to the mix on offense, and linebacker David Bowens and defensive end Eric Hicks on the defensive side.

The Patriots look to improve upon a season in which they outscored their opponents by 148 points (385-237). They especially ruled the 4th quarter (110-51). The Jets, meanwhile, outscored their opponents by just 21 points last season (316-295), and were outscored 116-88 in the 4th quarter.

2006 season statistics

New England on offense: Yards per game 335.6 (11); Rushing 123.1 (12); Passing 212.5 (12);

New England on defense: Yards per game 294.4 (6); Rushing 94.2 (5); Passing 200.2 (12)

New York Jets on offense: Yards per game 305.7 (25); Rushing 108.6 (20); Passing 197.1 (17);

New York Jets on defense: Yards per game 331.6 (20); Rushing 130.3 (24); Passing 201.4 (14)

Notes: The Patriots have won eight of their last nine games against the Jets (including one playoff game) and have won 10 of the last 12 games between the teams, including series sweeps in three straight years from 2003-05… The Patriots have won six straight road games against the Jets… The Patriots and Jets open the season against each other for the sixth time (the last was in 1999). New England holds a 4-1 record in season openers against the Jets… Tom Brady is 10-2 as a starter against the Jets, and is 6-0 as a starter against the Jets at Giants Stadium… Chad Pennington is 2-5 against New England…

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