Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Jets

Pregame notes: Patriots vs. Jets
October 20, 2013, 10:00 am
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LAST MEETING: Patriots 13, Jets 10 on Sept. 12, 2013 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots have won 12 straight games against AFC East opponents, the longest active streak of consecutive divisional victories in the NFL. The Broncos have the second-longest streak, with seven straight wins against AFC West foes. The longest streak of consecutive wins against division opponents since the 1970 NFL merger is 15 by the Dolphins in 1972 and '73.

-- Tom Brady is 18-4 against the Jets as a starting quarterback in regular-season games.

-- The Patriots are one win away from tying Oakland for the most regular-season victories among the original eight AFL teams. The Patriots have 431 wins and the Raiders have 432.

-- The Patriots are 5-1, marking ninth time in team history they've won at least five of their first six games. They've made the playoffs in each of the last six seasons in which they started 5-1 or better.

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-- Tom Brady, with 342 career touchdown passes, needs one more to break a tie for fourth place all-time with Fran Tarkenton.

-- Stephen Gostkowski has seven field goals of 40 or more yards in 2013, including a 53-yarder and a career long 54-yarder. He needs five more to set the Patriots record for most 40-yard field goal in a single season. Adam Vinatieri had 11 in both 1998 and 2004, and Gostkowski had 11 in 2012.

-- Rob Ninkovich has the most fumble recoveries of any NFL player over the last four years (2010-13) with 10, and can add on to that total with a fumble recovery against the Jets.

-- Stevan Ridley has a career rushing average of 4.44 yards per carry (444 rushes for 1,974 yards) and needs six carries against the Jets to meet the team qualification of 450 attempts to have the highest rushing average in team history.

-- The Patriots have forced a turnover in 33 straight games dating back to 2011, 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.