Notes: Pats win franchise-best 19 straight at home

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Notes: Pats win franchise-best 19 straight at home

The following are notes from the Patriots - Jets game courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff:

PATRIOTS SHARP AT GILLETTE
The Patriots have now won 19 straight regular season home games dating back to a 47-7 win over Arizona on Dec. 21, 2008. New Englands 19 straight regular-season home wins establishes a new franchise record, topping the teams previous record of 18 straight regular-season home victories from Dec. 29, 2002 through Sept. 8, 2005. The Patriots own an overall record of 62-12 (.838) at Gillette Stadium in regular season games. Since their state-of-the-art facility opened at the beginning of the 2002 season, the Patriots own the NFLs best record at home all-time.

13 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH 30 OR MORE POINTS RANKS SECOND IN NFL HISTORY
The Patriots scored 30 points, marking their 13th straight game with 30 or more points. The Patriots current streak of 13 straight games with 30 or more points is second in NFL history to the 14 straight games by the St. Louis Rams (1999-2000).

PATRIOTS-JETS SERIES TIED, 52-52-1
Following Sundays Patriots victory, the all-time series between the Patriots and Jets is tied, 52-52-1 (including a 2-1 Patriots advantage in playoff games).

GREEN-ELLIS SETS SINGLE-GAME CAREER HIGH WITH 136 RUSHING YARDS
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a career-best 136 rushing yards on 27 carries (5.0 avg.), two of which were touchdown runs. Green-Elliss 136 rushing yards are the most for a Patriots player since Oct. 20, 2008, when Sammy Morris had 138 rushing yards in a 41-7 Patriots victory over the Denver Broncos.

GREEN-ELLIS HAS MORE RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS SINCE 2010 THAN ANY OTHER PLAYER
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, Green-Ellis has 18 touchdown runs. Green-Elliss total of 18 touchdowns since the beginning of 2010 is the most in the NFL. Houstons Arian Foster is second with 17. With two touchdowns against the Jets, Green-Ellis now has five touchdowns in 2011. He had a career-high 13 last season.

BRADY HAS STREAK OF 2 TDs SNAPPED AT 13 GAMES
Tom Brady threw for one touchdown today against the Jets, snapping his streak of 13 straight games with two or more touchdown passes. Bradys streak of 13 straight games with two or more TDs is tied with Peyton Mannings 2004 total for the longest such streak in NFL history.

WELKER SETS NFL RECORD FOR MOST RECEIVING YARDS IN FIRST FIVE GAMES
Wes Welker had five receptions for 124 yards and now has 45 receptions for 740 yards through five games this season. Welkers 740 receiving yards are the most in NFL history for any player through the first five games of the season. Welker is on pace for 2,368 receiving yards this year. The NFL record for most yards gained in a season is 1,848 by Jerry Rice in 1995. The Patriots team record is 1,493 yards by Randy Moss in 2007. Welkers career-high is 1,348 yards in 2009. Welkers 45 receptions through five games are the second highest total in NFL history for the first five games of the season, trailing only Cincinnatis TJ Houshmandzadehs 47 receptions through the first five games of the 2007 season.

BRADY THROWS FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION IN THE RED ZONE AT HOME
Tom Brady entered the day with 91 red zone touchdowns and no interceptions in home regular season game prior his second quarter interception. Brady began his career with 327 attempts (including two Sunday) without an interception at home in the red zone.

PATS D STANDS TALL
The New England defense forced the Jets offense into seven three-and-outs in 12 possessions.

Hurley: Why the rush to clear Manning's name?

Hurley: Why the rush to clear Manning's name?

Michael Hurley discusses the NFL's investigation into Peyton Manning's alleged PED use with Toucher and Rich. Hurley wonders why their was such a rush to clear a retired player and continue the probe into still-active players.
 

McCourty addresses challenge of life without Brady for Patriots

McCourty addresses challenge of life without Brady for Patriots

Nobody is under the impression that being without a future Hall of Fame quarterback is a real positive for the Patriots.

Still, we’ve encountered resistance from Patriots over the years when it comes to acknowledging obvious adversity.

On Quick Slants Monday night, Patriots safety Devin McCourty said in reply to a viewer’s question that life without Brady is going to be a challenge. 

“Everyone’s going to talk about Tom, obviously. Starting quarterback, obviously our leader for the last decade-plus not being able to play in the first four games,” said McCourty. “We understand that. It’s been something that’s been over our head the past two years. Past that, we’re like every other football team. Guys have to come out and earn spots and compete.”

I asked McCourty if a silver lining to Brady accepting the suspension is the team being able to mentally move on from the uncertainty. 

“I would have rather had last year’s turnout because he wound up playing, but I think we know what we have to do,” said McCourty. “Obviously we support him and all the decisions made towards it but this is what it is now and we have to prepare and go out there and play.”

Camp opens on Thursday but all players are due to report on Wednesday. McCourty, Matthew Slater and all of the Patriots’ assistant coaches are scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday.

 

Former EIU coach: Garoppolo's release second-quickest behind Marino

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Former EIU coach: Garoppolo's release second-quickest behind Marino

He may be biased, but former Eastern Illinois head coach Dino Babers thinks Jimmy Garoppolo is "exceptional."

Now the head coach at Syracuse, Babers stopped by ESPN's Mike and Mike show where he was asked about Garoppolo, who will likely start at quarterback for the Patriots while Tom Brady serves a four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season.

"You could see it after five passes. Jimmy Garoppolo was the William Tell, to me, of college football," said Babers, who was at Eastern Illinois for Garoppolo's final two collegiate seasons in 2012 and 2013. "I've never seen a quarterback that could hit exactly what he was throwing at. And I'm not talking about putting it on a guy's body. You put your hand out there, and he's sticking the ball right in the middle of your palm.

"You take that accuracy and you put it with someone that has the second-fastest release I've ever seen -- the only release I've ever seen faster was Dan Marino's . . . second fastest release I've ever seen -- and you got an outstanding quarterback."

That's some pretty lofty company for a player who has thrown just 31 passes during the first two seasons of his NFL career. But Babers has good reason to be a believer in Garoppolo's ability. In Babers' two seasons as head coach, Garoppolo threw for 8,873 yards and a whopping 84 touchdowns, breaking the school mark for career touchdown passes set by Tony Romo. 

"Dont' get me wrong," Babers added, "Tom Brady is the best of all the best. And I'm not saying he's going to take Tom's job. I'm just telling you, this young man is exceptional. If Bill Belichick put a second-round draft pick on him, he knows what he's doing."