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September 12, 2013

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---- — PATRIOTS (1-0) vs. JETS (1-0)

Tonight, 8:25 p.m., at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

TV: NFL Network and Ch. 5 (Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock)

Radio: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci and Scott Zolak)

The series: Patriots lead 55-52-1, thanks to a sweep of last year’s sweep and a run of 5 straight regular season victories.

Last meeting: Patriots 49, Jets 19, at MetLife Bank Stadium, New Jersey, Nov. 22, 2012

Latest line: Pats -14; Over/under total: 43.5


Patriots Jets

1-0 Record 1-0

1st, AFC East Standings 1st, AFC East

431.0 (5) Offense 304.0 (18)

158.0 (2) Rushing 90.0 (10)

273.0 (13) Passing 214.0 (19)

386.0 (8) Defense 250.0 (4)

136.0 (26) Rushing 65.0 (8)

150.0 (5) Passing 185.0 (8)

+-1 Turnover margin 0



13 ­— TD passes by Tom Brady in the five-game regular season win streak against the New Yorkers. So much for the dominating Rex Ryan defense and Pro Bowl corner/enigma Darrelle Revis.

28 — Did you know the Pats have caused at least one turnover in 28 straight regular season games?

226 — Last week’s win made the Patriots a superb 226-110 overall under Bob Kraft’s ownership. All previous Pats’ owners have combined for a 225-276-9 mark in the 34 years previous.


1 — Interceptions made by the Jets during the current 5-game losing streak to New England.

5 — Sacks allowed by the Jets in their win last week over Tampa. Memo to Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. Turn the dogs loose in the blitz. Get after Geno Smith. Playing coverage vs. him is a no-win situation. Show some guts and attack.

7 — Catches last week for Jets’ TE Kellen Winslow last week vs. Tampa for 79 yards and the team’s first touchdown of the season. You have to go back to November of 2011 for Winslow’s last game with numbers at that level.

Hector Longo’s prediction: Patriots 27, Jets 6

Analysis: Again, on paper, it looks like the opposition so bad that the Pats, on their worst day, couldn’t lose. But ... we saw Buffalo push this team to the limit. Let’s figure it can’t happen twice in a row, right?