Game Day: Patriots vs. Jets

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Game Day: Patriots vs. Jets

NEW YORK JETS (2-2) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-1)Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

The facts and figures for today's game:

KICKOFF: 4:15 p.m.

WEATHER: Sunny with a high of 85, dropping into the mid- to lower 70s by game's end. Winds will be out of the west northwest, then shifting to the west, between 6-10 mph. See NECN's complete weather forecast.

NETWORK TELEVISION COVERAGE: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

RADIO COVERAGE: 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship for the 37-station Patriots Radio Network.

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos, Gino Cappelletti, Scott Zolak

COMCAST SPORTSNET COVERAGE

CSNNE.com STAFF: Tom E. Curran, Mary Paoletti, A. Sherrod Blakely, Art Martone, Danny Picard

CSN TELEVISION: Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh

SPORTS SUNDAY (7:30 P.M. SUNDAY): Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Ty Law

WHAT THEY'RE WEARING: The Patriots will be in 1985 throwback uniforms, with red jerseys and white helmets featuring the 'Pat Patriot' logo. The Jets will be in early 1960s New York Titans throwback uniforms (the team was known as the Titans from 1960-62).

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: The Patriots are 7-3 while wearing throwback uniforms. The Jets are 5-1.

TO DATE: The Jets lead the all-time series against the Patriots, 52-51-1. They are 3-2 against the Pats since Rex Ryan became coach in 2009, including last year's 28-21 playoff victory at Gillette.

FALL GUYS: Since 2003, the Pats are 30-5 in October and have won 21 of their last 23 in that month. At Gillette since '03, they're 16-1 in October.

STREAKS: The Pats have scored 30 or more points in 12 straight regular-season games, a franchise record. The streak began with a 39-26 win at Pittsburgh last Nov. 14 . . . The NFL record for consecutive 30-points-plus games is 14, set by the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams . . . Tom Brady will set a franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass if he throws one today. He's connected in 19 straight regular-season games, dating back to the 2010 season opener. He set the mark of 19 from Dec. 17, 2006-Dec. 9, 2007.

Check back often for updates.

Curran's Sunday 4-pack: So, what HAS Tom Brady been up to?

Curran's Sunday 4-pack: So, what HAS Tom Brady been up to?

Six days – four quarters of football – remain in Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
 
The fact is the Patriots are 3-0 and have gotten a long – and enjoyable – look at their quarterback depth behind Brady. Brady, meanwhile, has gotten a chance to shave one-quarter off the season-long wear-and-tear he takes.
 
But highlighting silver linings and pointing out there’s not much sand left in the suspension hourglass is no real consolation. Said one team source Thursday night, “It’s never going to go away.”

MORE PATRIOTS

 
What’s Brady been up to? Mixing family time and working out. He’s routinely spent four hours a day training, I’m told, presumably with his body coach Alex Guerrero at TB12 Sports Performance at Patriot Place. Also, aside from his Sunday session with Wes Welker, Brady’s been throwing to young college players at undisclosed locations, eschewing the opportunity to bring in some of the “name” former players who’ve reached out and offered their services.
 
Spotted in Italy with wife Gisele Bundchen last week, Brady’s also been back home in San Mateo visiting with his family.
 
Speaking to two people close to him, I was told he succeeded in making peace with the time off and avoiding the creep of too much bitterness. I was also told he’s unbelievably motivated to return at a high level and wants his transition back to be seamless in terms of performance and conditioning. That last part is, of course, to be expected. But it will be interesting to see how Brady does perform out of the gates after a month’s forced exile.
 
NINKOVICH RETURNS, TOO

The lesser of the two suspended prodigal sons set to return next week – Rob Ninkovich – is no doubt going to benefit physically from the quarter-season vacation as well. And the defensive ends who’ve performed well in his absence – Jabaal Sheard and especially Chris Long – will do well to have Ninkovich back in the mix. Mention should also be made of Trey Flowers who has shown up in opponent’s backfields on a weekly basis. It depends on what your personal cup of tea might be, but through three games, Long seems to me a much better defensive fit for this team than Chandler Jones. Jones was the more explosive pass-rusher but Long’s ability in the running game, and his play-in, play-out impact in applying pressure on the tackle in front of him makes it seem so far as if he’s an upgrade.
 
NEW DEALS AHEAD?
 
Still no word on which Patriot may be in line for a new deal since the team restructured Devin McCourty and freed up some cap space.

Donta Hightower, Malcolm Butler and Jamie Collins have been seen as the most likely targets for extensions and a redo of Hightower at this point would whittle down his $7M cap number and possibly allow another extension to be executed for either Collins or Butler, as our Phil Perry pointed out.  Jabaal Sheard, meanwhile, is the Patriot who flies under the radar when extension talk starts. He may be every bit as important to the success of the Patriots defense as the other three.
 
REX WRECKS
 
The Bills are 0-2, the natives are beyond restless in Buffalo and the Cardinals are in Western New York on Sunday. The Bills are expected to play without wide receiver Sammy Watkins and are a team staring into the esophagus of 0-3 with a visit to the Patriots coming next week. Have a gander at the Bills Mailbag in the Buffalo News.  Seems like years since Rex was all giddy about the paint job on his new truck. It was less than 19 months ago.