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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…Upvote Share Tweet
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…Upvote Share TweetA 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Network Announcer With Hot Mic Has To Go To "Little Boys' Room"deadspin.com Sep 12, 2013Right 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...Upvote Share TweetFOXBOROUGH, 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Halftime Report: Pats up 13-3FOXBOROUGH, 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Pats fail to deliver knockout punch to Jets, as the skies openThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Replay review takes touchdown off the board for JetsAfter 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…Upvote Share TweetWhen 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Offensive starters for PatriotsFOXBOROUGH, 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Advance-scouting the JetsThe 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Pats leak a little info about Belichick’s contract, but not muchThe 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…Upvote Share TweetAs 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Man with Hernandez ties appears in courtA 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Inactive analysis for the PatriotsFOXBOROUGH, 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Will Pats use defensive backs on offense?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…Upvote Share TweetWeek 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Marrone breaks schedule into quartersORCHARD 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…Upvote Share TweetIt’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. …Upvote Share TweetLavonte 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…Upvote Share TweetIt 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…Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 12, 2013Tight 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 …Upvote Share TweetFollowing 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…Upvote Share TweetThis 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…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Sep 12, 2013The Patriots are hurting. The Jets are riding high. Can New York pull off an upset? Plus, more Week 2 picks.Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Sep 12, 2013The 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…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Bob Glauber, Week Two picksThe 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…Upvote Share TweetTampa 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…Upvote Share Tweet
More Illustrated NFL Playbook Fundeadspin.com Sep 12, 2013When 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…Upvote Share Tweet
X’s and O’s thought: Spy Geno?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 …Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetDolphins 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Green Day: A great rivalry continuesOn 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Projecting the Patriots' inactivesBefore 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Grading the Bills' 53: CornerbacksNow 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…Upvote Share Tweet
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL Pickgrantland.com Sep 12, 2013PATRIOTS (-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 ...Upvote Share Tweet
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell 3-yard touchdown runSep 12New York Jets running back Bilal Powell goes up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown run.
Where's the New York Jets punt returner?Sep 12The 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.
New England Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty fumble recoverySep 12New 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.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady 39-yard touchdown passSep 12New 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.
Biggest NFL games of Week 2 -- John Clayton's First and 10Sep 12John Clayton's First and 10: With a week to prepare, will defenses be able to rein in the scoring a bit in Week 2?
Don Banks: NFL Week 2 picksSep 12The powerhouse NFC West gets the spotlight treatment in Week 2, with defending division champion San Francisco traveling to Seattle Sunday night to take on a Seahawks team that embarrassed the 49ers 42-13 in Week 16 of last season. No blowouts either wa…
The Sports Guy's Thursday NFL PickSep 12PATRIOTS (-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 ...