Winless Jets head to Gillette Stadium for showdown
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Overcoming those injuries will be critical in determining which team avoids an 0-2 start within the AFC East. The loser will be two games behind the winner of Sunday night's Miami-Buffalo game and will have almost no chance to win the division.
"I think there is hatred on both sides," Brady said. "We don't care ever to see the
"I don't care what they did against anybody else," Belichick said. "I don't care what anybody else did against them. I know what they did against us, and they beat us [last year in Foxboro] and they deserved to win that night. That is why they ended up ahead of us [in the AFC East standings].
"It's a division game; we need to get back to .500 in the division. This is a game that we really need to put a lot of focus and concentration on this week. They were the champs of this division last year. We know they are tough."
"This is the most frustration I've felt in the four or five years since I've been here,"
SERIES HISTORY: The
The teams last met on December 22, 2002. The
JETS OFFENSE VS. PATRIOTS DEFENSE
What's wrong with Curtis is a topic that's been heavily debated on sports-talk radio and television in New York this week. Is he finished or is he still hampered by the two sprained ankles he played on last year? Martin believes the answer is C -- he said his production is down because he has not been given enough carries to get in any kind of rhythm. In two games he's had just 25 carries. During the week he pointed out that Miami's
"I think that now he is feeling good, he's feeling fresh," Edwards said of Martin. "He's over his ankle injury that he had last year. We've just got to get more plays on offense so we can get him going, so we can get him running. I think our inability not to get enough plays offensively has really hurt his ability to run the football. The last game it was tough, the first half we had 18 plays and 12 of them were on our first drive. From there we were down 18 and in a catch-up mode, so we're not trying to run the ball. We're trying to catch-up."
Colvin, the marquee free-agent addition for New England, injured his hip when he recovered a fumble in the second quarter last week and will miss at least Sunday's contest against the
The injuries have hurt the
Moss had a career game last week with 142 yards receiving. The
Offensive coordinator Paul Hackett finally went with Testaverde's strengths when the
PATRIOTS OFFENSE VS. JETS DEFENSE
Slow starts are nothing new for the
Again the Jet defense has started a season by treating opposing rushers as if they are carrying the plague instead of a football. The
"I can't repeat what I said to the guys at halftime," Cottrell said. "I really don't know everything I said. I just know it was a very emotional speech. It was just one of those things. It wasn't the calls. It wasn't the preparation. We weren't doing what we were supposed to do, and I had just seen enough of it. I don't think this crew ever had seen me like that. I was just so fed up."
Cottrell was steaming because the
Cottrell says those few, but important very correctable mistakes have been the problem this year as opposed to all-around poor play at the start of last season.
"The guys know how good they can be because they demonstrated that in the second half of each game," Cottrell said. "We have given up a total of three points in the second half after two games. And we really could have shutout the
After reading the defense the riot act they allowed just 100 yards to the
When Brady drops back to pass this week, he'll be facing a
The 5-foot-8 Mickens, a good corner in the nickel, moves into the starting lineup. He'll move back inside when New England goes to its three-receiver sets and the 6-foot-2
Mickens was burned on a 39-yard pass last week when
The best help the
Brady will look for his tight ends in the red zone. He found
"Christian, when he gets those one-on one matchups, he does a great job of getting open. He always catches the ball," Brady said. "Those catches that he makes are not easy and a lot of times I make it tough for him."