Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Jets

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Jets
September 12, 2013, 5:00 pm
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GAME TIME: 8:25 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: NFL Network (Can also be seen in Boston on WCVB-TV Channel 5)

TV ANNOUNCERS: Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock and Alex Flannagan

RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 55-52-1

LAST MEETING: Patriots 49, Jets 19 on Nov. 22, 2012 at MetLife Stadium

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-- The Patriots' two 2013 Hall of Fame inductees, ex-linebacker Tedy Bruschi and former play-by-play announcer Gil Santos, will be honored at Thursday's game. Santos will serve as an honorary team captain, and Bruschi will be honored in a ceremony at halftime.

-- Bill Belichick will coach in his ninth game on a Thursday, including his eighth with the Patriots. Belichick is 6-2 all-time when coaching on Thursday, including 3-1 on Thursday Thanksgiving games and 5-2 as head coach of the Patriots in Thursday games. In their history the Patriots are 6-5 on Thursdays, but are 5-1 in Thursday games since 2002.

-- With last Sunday's victory, Belichick (206) moved past Marty Schottenheimer (205) into sole possession of sixth place all time in career wins. Chuck Noll is in fifth place with 209 career wins. * * * *

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

-- With one touchdown pass against the Jets, Tom Brady will extend his streak to 50 straight games with at least one touchdown pass and continue his second-longest streak of all time, behind Drew Brees (54-current).

-- Brady needs 13 completions to move past Drew Bledsoe into seventh place on the NFL’s all-time completion list.

-- Julian Edelman enters this week with a 13.0 punt-return average, the highest punt-return average in NFL history. He is one of seven players with a punt-return average of 12.0 or higher.

-- Edelman needs one more punt return for a touchdown to set the team mark with his fourth punt returned for a touchdown. He is tied with Irving Fryar and Troy Brown with three returns for a touchdown.

-- The Patriots have forced a turnover in 28 straight games dating back to 2011, and including all 16 regular-season games of 2012. The NFL record for most consecutive games with a turnover since the merger in 1970 is 71 by Philadelphia from 1985-90.

-- A win over Jets will extend the Patriots' winning streak against AFC East opponents to 12. The Patriots' previous longest winning streak against AFC East opponents was nine, in 2003-04.