You'd think that with the Jets coming to town, the Patriots secondary could breathe a sigh of relief.
After all, Mark Sanchez isn't exactly Joe Namath. And Tim Tebow, well, he's Tim Tebow.
But then you see Russell Wilson go off on New England, and consider the Patriots injuries now.
Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran says why not throw it?
"You look at what happened yesterday, the back end of the Patriots defense, there's no guarantees we're going to see Patrick Chung with the shoulder come back; Steve Gregory has missed two weeks. So the back end of the secondary is in a little disarray," Curran said.
Jets running back Shonn Green looked good last game, but that shouldn't be the focal point of New York's offense come Sunday.
"Go ahead and roll Mark Sanchez out and take your shots down the field," Curran said. "I think that even though they had reduced attempts yesterday relative to what they normally would, if he doesn't throw 30 passes, somebody needs to lose a job not me."
You’ll never guess who the seventh-best quarterback* at Gillette Stadium was Sunday.
Via video posted on his Snapchat, 2014 Browns first-rounder Johnny Manziel, currently out of the league, attended the AFC Championship wearing a Tom Brady jersey.
Manziel was released by the Browns last March after two seasons and just eight starts. Had he played this season, he would have been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
*He might have been eighth-best. Julian Edelman played quarterback in college. People forget that.
FOXBORO -- With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Atlanta for the NFC Championship game, his second visit to Atlanta in the last month, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft was posed an interesting question during his pre-game interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Who would make it to a game at Gillette Stadium next: Goodell or Donald Trump?
The newly-elected president, of course, is a friend of the Krafts and a Patriots fan who has visited Foxboro for games on more than one occasion over the years.
"I'm gonna let you," Kraft said, "place the over-under on that . . . We're happy. Whoever wants to come can come. Donald has done this [radio] show before . . . He was great. He's a big Patriot fan."
Here are a few more quotes of note from Kraft during his interview with The Sports Hub's Marc Bertrand and Chris Gasper . . .
On the Colts firing general manager Ryan Grigson, who helped spark Deflategate: "Who? Yeah. You'd have to ask Jim Irsay about it. He'd be the one to ask. That game might've been Ryan's pinnacle, I don't know. Jimmy can talk about what's going on with the Colts. We're fortunately playing football today."
On Rob Gronkowski, who was a guest at Robert Kraft's home for a pre-AFC title game party Saturday: "He's doing great. He was funny. He was engaging with the crowd . . . He looks great . . . He didn't look like a guy who was hurting."
On if the Steelers called to apologize for Mike Tomlin's comments last weekend, calling the Patriots a-holes: "No, but we wouldn't have expected them. There was nothing to apologize for."
On his memories of the Kraft family's first postseason game (Sunday's is their 40th) as owners of the Patriots: "We went to Cleveland. It was Bill [Belichick]. Bill eviscerated us. It's nice to have him on our side this time."