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Rapid Reaction: Patriots 13, Jets 10

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 13, Jets 10

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – My thoughts on the New England Patriots' 13-10 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night: What it means: In one of the uglier football games we’ve seen the Patriots play in recent memory, they get the victory. But are the Patr…
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  • Pats did indeed contact Lloyd about returning

    Pats did indeed contact Lloyd about returning

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    On Wednesday, we reported that the Patriots (and other teams) have reached out to receiver Brandon Lloyd about playing in 2013. Lloyd, who gained 911 yards in 2012 with New England, consistently has declined, explaining that he’s not mentally or physica…
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  • Something doesn’t add up regarding Sanchez’s shoulder

    Something doesn’t add up regarding Sanchez’s shoulder

    A variety of reports and comments have emerged in the past day or so regarding the shoulder of Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Taken together, the situation doesn’t make sense. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Sanchez has a torn labrum …
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  • NFL Network Announcer With Hot Mic Has To Go To "Little Bo…

    NFL Network Announcer With Hot Mic Has To Go To "Little Boys' Room"

    deadspin.com Sep 12, 2013
    Right before the beginning of Patriots-Jets, a hot mic caught an NFL Network announcer asking if he'd have enough time to go to the "little boys' room." Sometimes, a bladder just can't stop for football.Read more...
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  • Quick-hit thoughts after third quarter

    Quick-hit thoughts after third quarter

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Entering the final quarter of action, the New England Patriots lead the New York Jets 13-10. Passing along quick-hit notes and observations from the third quarter: 1. The rain has arrived. After a dry first half, the skies opened up…
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  • Halftime Report: Pats up 13-3

    Halftime Report: Pats up 13-3

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith showed he can take a hit and keep throwing, but getting the ball in the end zone was a little harder. Despite some good passes and well-drawn plays, the Jets settled for a field goal in the first h…
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  • Pats fail to deliver knockout punch to Jets, as the skies open

    Pats fail to deliver knockout punch to Jets, as the skies open

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    The New England Patriots carried a 10-point lead into halftime at Foxborough, but missed opportunities have kept the margin a reasonable one for the road team led by a rookie quarterback. Inexperienced wideouts have contributed to Tom Brady completing o…
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  • Replay review takes touchdown off the board for Jets

    Replay review takes touchdown off the board for Jets

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    After the Jets fell into a 10-point hole, their offense woke up. A little. Fueled by a 27-yard pass to Santonio Holmes plus another 15 from an illegal hit on quarterback Geno Smith (actually, there appeared to be two of them) and some hard-nosed running…
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  • Brady’s touchdown pass gives him at least one in 50 straight ga…

    Brady’s touchdown pass gives him at least one in 50 straight games

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady connected with rookie receiver Aaron Dobson to cap the opening drive of Thursday night’s game with a touchdown, Brady doubled the size of a fairly elite club. Brady has joined Saints quarterback Drew Brees as the only…
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  • Offensive starters for Patriots

    Offensive starters for Patriots

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Offensive starters for the New England Patriots on Thursday against the New York Jets: LT: Nate Solder LG: Logan Mankins C: Ryan Wendell RG: Dan Connolly RT: Sebastian Vollmer TE: Michael Hoomanawanui QB: Tom Brady RB: Stevan Ridley…
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  • Advance-scouting the Jets

    Advance-scouting the Jets

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Buffalo Bills are wrapping up their week of preparation for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, but it will be hard to miss their Week 3 opponent, the New York Jets, playing tonight against the New England Patriots. Just don't expect Bills …
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  • Pats leak a little info about Belichick’s contract, but not muc…

    Pats leak a little info about Belichick’s contract, but not much

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    The folks from NFL Network have descended on Gillette Stadium for Thursday night’s game between the Jets and the Patriots. And the Patriots, who own 1/32nd of NFL Network, have thrown, well, themselves a bone. Both Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver of NFL Ne…
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  • Pats without Amendola, Gronkowski vs. Jets

    Pats without Amendola, Gronkowski vs. Jets

    As expected, Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm) were inactive for Thursday night's game between New England and the New York Jets.
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  • Man with Hernandez ties appears in court

    Man with Hernandez ties appears in court

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    A man with ties to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez visited a Boston courthouse on Thursday after being ordered by a judge to testify before a Massachusetts grand jury.
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  • Inactive analysis for the Patriots

    Inactive analysis for the Patriots

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Some quick-hit thoughts on the New England Patriots' inactive players for Thursday night's game against the New York Jets: Debut for Dobson. Rookie receiver Aaron Dobson, the second-round pick who missed the season opener with a hams…
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  • Will Pats use defensive backs on offense?

    Will Pats use defensive backs on offense?

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    In past years, when the Patriots were low on defensive backs, they shifted guys like Troy Brown and Julian Edelman over from offense. Sometimes it worked, sometimes (like when Edelman tried to cover Anquan Boldin) it didn’t. Now, the Pats are hurting on…
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  • PFT on NBCSN: Week Two storylines

    PFT on NBCSN: Week Two storylines

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    Week Two kicks off on Thursday night with the Jets and Patriots in New England and, as always, Pro Football Talk on NBCSN is the spot for all the information you need about that game and the 15 that will follow it on Sunday and Monday. We’ll take a look…
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  • Marrone breaks schedule into quarters

    Marrone breaks schedule into quarters

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Just two weeks into the regular season, it's tough for any NFL team too far into the future. Playing their second consecutive home game, there may be a greater sense of urgency for the Buffalo Bills. After Sunday, they'll play just…
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  • Schiano says Freeman missed team photo, has been late for other…

    Schiano says Freeman missed team photo, has been late for other events

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    It’s been a dizzying 24 hours for the Buccaneers. Yesterday at this time, their biggest problem was a loss that would have been a win but for linebacker Lavonte David shoving Jets quarterback Geno Smith at the sideline in the final seconds of the game. …
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  • Bucs LB David fined for hit on Jets' Smith

    Bucs LB David fined for hit on Jets' Smith

    Lavonte David's penalty for pushing New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds late in the fourth quarter last Sunday led to a field goal that cost his Tampa Bay Buccaneers the game. He'll have to pay a financial penalty for the hit now, as well…
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  • Bills avoid Week Two blackout

    Bills avoid Week Two blackout

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    It was easy for the Bills to sell out a Week One visit from Tom Brady and the Patriots. It was a little harder to sell out a Week Two game against Cam Newton and the Panthers. Via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, roughly 1,600 non-premium seats remained availabl…
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  • After Frustration, Winslow Embraces Fresh Start With Jets

    After Frustration, Winslow Embraces Fresh Start With Jets

    nytimes.com Sep 12, 2013
    Tight end Kellen Winslow, who spent nine days with the Patriots last year and sat out most of the season, will return to New England on Thursday night.
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  • Norv Turner wants to keep Trent Richardson busier

    Norv Turner wants to keep Trent Richardson busier

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Browns’ 23-10 loss to the Dolphins was a field goal game at the end of three quarters and quarterback Brandon Weeden was intercepted three times in the first half, which seems like just the formula for running back Trent Richardson to play a major r…
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  • Double Coverage: Dolphins at Colts

    Double Coverage: Dolphins at Colts

    The Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts are two undefeated teams trying to establish themselves in the AFC. Both have young quarterbacks with promise and solid second-year head coaches. Indianapolis beat Miami last year, 23-20, in an exciting matchup …
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  • Double Coverage: Panthers at Bills

    Double Coverage: Panthers at Bills

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    Following tough home losses Sunday, the Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers look to get back on track in Week 2. This game offers an intriguing quarterback battle between Bills rookie EJ Manuel, selected 16th overall this year, and the Panthers' Cam New…
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  • Geno Smith tries to make history

    Geno Smith tries to make history

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    This is what Geno Smith is up against Thursday night in Foxborough: No rookie quarterback has ever won in New England against a Bill Belichick-coached team, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In fact, rookie quarterbacks are 0-4 on the road agai…
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  • NFL Week 2 picks: The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding…

    NFL Week 2 picks: The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding hig…

    CNNSI.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding high. Can New York pull off an upset? Plus, more Week 2 picks.
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  • Carolina’s Cam Newton shoots down racial questions during press…

    Carolina’s Cam Newton shoots down racial questions during press conference

    yahoo.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Carolina Panthers will face the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park on Sunday. Carolina is trying to rebound from its season-opening loss against the Seattle Seahawks. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton still believes he has a playoff caliber team, while Bil…
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  • PFT Live: Bob Glauber, Week Two picks

    PFT Live: Bob Glauber, Week Two picks

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Jets are in New England on Thursday night to face the Patriots and we’ll get a look ahead to that game on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live when Bob Glauber of Newsday joins Mike Florio. We’ll hear Glauber’s thoughts on Geno Smith’s first start at quar…
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  • Goldson fined for hit on Cumberland

    Goldson fined for hit on Cumberland

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson told reporters in Tampa on Wednesday that he received a "pretty significant" fine from the league for his hit on New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland. He was flagged for a personal foul on the play…
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  • More Illustrated NFL Playbook Fun

    More Illustrated NFL Playbook Fun

    deadspin.com Sep 12, 2013
    When we did the Bills edition of Why Your Team Sucks, reader Matt E. sent in a phony drawing of the team's playbook that was so awesome, we asked him to do a few more of them. Here now are the playbooks of five more NFL teams, as designed by Matt:Read m…
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  • X’s and O’s thought: Spy Geno?

    X’s and O’s thought: Spy Geno?

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    One play defined the end of the Jets’ thrilling Week 1 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as quarterback Geno Smith was pushed out of bounds late by Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, an error that would thrust the Jets into reasonable field goal range …
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    The Bills aren’t getting any healthier in the secondary. The Dolphins, on the other hand, are getting some CBs back. The Patriots claimed DT Chris Jones off waivers from the Buccaneers. The Jets are trusting former seventh-rounder Antonio Allen as a sta…
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  • Dion Jordan hoping to extend his streak over Luck

    Dion Jordan hoping to extend his streak over Luck

    profootballtalk.com Sep 12, 2013
    Dolphins pass-rusher Dion Jordan knows Colts quarterback Andrew Luck well. The particulars of their meeting he knows less well, but knows what the final score is from their days at Oregon and Stanford. “Yeah, me and Luck know each other pretty well,” Jo…
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  • Green Day: A great rivalry continues

    Green Day: A great rivalry continues

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    On Thursday night, the New York Jets and New England Patriots go at it again, the 106th game in the rivalry. For the record, the Patriots lead 53-51-1. I did a quick check, determining that I've covered no fewer than 52 games between these two teams. Th…
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  • Projecting the Patriots' inactives

    Projecting the Patriots' inactives

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    Before the New England Patriots play a game, we'll attempt to predict the team's inactive players. Our best guess on the list for Thursday night against the New York Jets: WR Danny Amendola -- Wouldn't be surprised if we don't see him before the Sept. 2…
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  • Grading the Bills' 53: Cornerbacks

    Grading the Bills' 53: Cornerbacks

    ESPN.com Sep 12, 2013
    Now that the Buffalo Bills have set their 53-man roster, we'll break it down, position by position: CORNERBACKS Personnel: Stephon Gilmore (injured), Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey, Justin Rogers, Ron Brooks (injured), Brandon Burton, Johnny Adams (prac…
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  • The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick

    The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pick

    grantland.com Sep 12, 2013
    PATRIOTS (-11.5) over Jets The case for the Jets: Last week New England barely beat Buffalo, a team that's currently GETTING three points at home in ...
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  • Video - New York Jets running back Bilal Powell 3-yard touchdown run 00:34

    New York Jets running back Bilal Powell 3-yard touchdown run

    Sep 12
    New York Jets running back Bilal Powell goes up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown run.
  • Video - Where's the New York Jets punt returner? 00:33

    Where's the New York Jets punt returner?

    Sep 12
    The New York Jets chose not to have a returner on a New England punt, instead rushing 11 defenders in an attempt to block the kick.
  • Video - New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty fumble recovery 01:00

    New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty fumble recovery

    Sep 12
    New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith finds wide receiver Stephen Hill for a 33-yard play. Hill fumbles the ball, and New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty recovers it for a 44-yard gain.
  • Video - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 39-yard touchdown pass 00:41

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 39-yard touchdown pass

    Sep 12
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finds wide receiver Aaron Dobson for a 39-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.

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