Ninkovich, Pats preparing to tackle Jets on short rest


Ninkovich, Pats preparing to tackle Jets on short rest

FOXBORO -- The Patriots don't have much time to dwell on playing without offensive starter Rob Gronkowski. Week 11 is a short week. The team had barely washed itself of the sweat from beating Indianapolis Sunday before the page was turned to New York.

New England will take on the Jets Thanksgiving night.

"The turnaround is pretty quick," Rob Ninkovich said Monday. "You're still a little sore from just playing a day ago. You just kind of have to do your best to move on and get ready to prepare the next day for the team you're going to play in just a few days. It's definitely quick, but nothing we haven't done before."

Two years ago, the Patriots played a Turkey Day game in Detroit. Short rest didn't appear to big an issue in that 45-24 victory, but Ninkovich said they will take nothing for granted this time. Especially considering this game is against a divisional rival.

Or is that something that can help?

"It's not like the personnel is any different from the last time we played them," Ninkovich admitted. "If it was some team we hadn't played twice a year ever since I've been here It helps us out that we play them so much."

The pair began its season series on October 21.

At the time, Week 7, both teams were 3-3. New England escaped with a 29-26 overtime win and the game now serves as the starting point of its current four game winning streak.

The Jets have since gone 1-2. Poor play and locker room rifts have threatened to send their train careening off the tracks.

Still, Ninkovich showed New York some respect. Just like the Patriots plan to on game day.
"We're playing the Jets -- a good team, a good physical team -- so we have to be ready to play those guys."

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.

Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.

More from NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk here.


Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.