I think any time you analyze a team, you try to look at their strengths and weaknesses – you know, what do they do well, what do you have to stop, what don't they do well, where do you have a chance to attack. You try to balance that off. You certainly have to defend the things that they're good at and try to neutralize those somehow or have some way to deal with them. There's obviously plays that you think you can run that are going to be successful based on whatever weaknesses or matchups you feel like are in your favor. It's a combination of those two things.
I mean obviously [last Sunday] wasn't one of their better days. We've all been there before. But I think on balance, when you look at the football team across the board, not just a handful of plays, but you look at them across the board, they're a solid team and they do a lot of things well. We've all had our good days and our bad days. But I'm impressed with them and I have a lot of respect for them.
Pretty much what we get from them every time we play them. They're a tough team [and] they're physical. I think they lead the league in a bunch of defensive categories. They're very challenging to play. They have been - it's always the Jets - since I got here 12 years ago; they're challenging. It's a fun game to be a part of. I hope we can go out there and play better than the last time we played them.
[Their defense is] good - they were good last year, they're good this year, and they were good two years ago. I think as long as Rex [Ryan] is coaching that team they're going to have good defense. They have a lot of good defensive players - David Harris and Bart [Scott]. [They have] a good front, corners can cover - safeties - [Jim] Leonhard, [Eric] Smith, and Brodney [Pool] have given us problems so it's a good team.
- Erik Scalavino tells us what happened at Gillette on Wednesday. There's no denying how seriously the players are taking this game, even if they won't admit it.
- Erik Scalavino's locker room notebook including who won the practice players of the week jerseys: CB Antwaun Molden, RB Shane Vereen, and OL Matt Kopa.
- Patriots-Jets Wednesday Injury Report.
- Patriots sign CB Sterling Moore to the practice squad, release DB Josh Victorian.
- Wednesday Pressers: Bill Belichick (13.26 min. video plus Transcript) and Tom Brady (5.06 min. video plus Transcript)
NY Jets Conference Calls: Rex Ryan and Plaxico Burress.
- Patriots Today - Belichick Breakdown (3.47 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Ellis on new side of Pats-Jets. (3.21 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Discussing the defense. (2.29 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Throwback Wednesday. (1.23 min. video)
- Locker Room Uncut - Words from Ihedigbo, Mankins and more. (3.25 min. video)
- Christopher Price reports the Patriots' secondary is braced for the Jets' passing attack, regardless of what happened in the Ravens game last week.
- Karen Guregian sees this Sunday as a real test for Tom Brady against the second best passing defense in the league.
- Christopher Price suggests if the Patriots' pass rush is going to turn things around, this week is as good a time as any.
- Jeff Howe writes Tom Brady and the Patriots are not using the playoff loss to fuel motivation for beating the Jets.
- Chris Forsberg isn't hearing the usual war of words from the Jets this time around, and the Patriots are solely focused on getting a division win.
- Ron Borges notes Wes Welker is wowing them in New York too. Darelle Revis is impressed after studying him on film.
- Erik Frenz hears Wes Welker say the Patriots must bring their 'A-game' against the Jets.
- Mike Reiss and Chris Forsberg serve up some quick hits from the Patriots locker room yesterday.
- Kirk Minihane points to four things you really, really need to know about the Jets following Wednesday's practice.
- Michael Vega says Shaun Ellis knows it was a business decision that kicked him to the curb in New York and led him to sign with New England.
- Christopher Price gives us some background on the new guy, rookie DB Sterling Moore.
- Chris Forsberg tells us about the souvenir the Patriots brought back from Oakland, former Raider CB Sterling Moore.
- Chris Forsberg highlights Rex Ryan's conference call with the media. Ryan says it doesn't matter which receiver it is, Revis will have him covered.
- Ron Borges gives us 'The joy of Rex', revisited.
- Tom E. Curran reports Rex Ryan is aware that Chad Ochocinco has the ability to make his presence felt.
- Mike Petraglia gives us a glimpse into the world according to Plaxico Burress.
- Ian Rapoport listens as Plaxico Burress details his infamous TD catch in Super Bowl 42 and says he expects to get booed at Gillette Stadium.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the penalty leaders on the Patriots, noting they only had five accepted calls last week.
- Chris Gasper lists his three keys for the Patriots vs. the Jets. (3.13 min. video)
- Greg A. Bedard and Jermaine Wiggins analyze the Xs and Os from Stevan Ridley's TD run last Sunday. (3.30 min. video)
- Ian Rapoport checks in with former Patriot Randy Vataha, a receiver from the '70s, who was amused at Rex Ryan's mention of him in his press conference.
- Ian Rapoport Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady fielded three questions about what Antonio Cromartie said about Brady last year, but he wasn't interested; Shaun Ellis is only concerned about helping his new teammates and getting a win; Logan Mankins is prepared for the Jets bringing pressure on Brady all the time; Belichick is expecting Jets center Nick Mangold to play; Patrick Chung knows how dangerous Santonio Holmes can be.
- Boston Herald reports Hugh Jackman compares his new film to Tom Brady.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots-Jets matchup of the day: Wes Welker vs. Darrelle Revis.
- Jason La Canfora (NFL.com) Weekend of playoff rematches.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Week 5 picks: Patriots, Packers primed for rematches vs. playoff foes.
- Bucky Brooks (NFL.com) Jets relying too much on Sanchez; running game must lead way.
VIEW FROM NEW YORK
- Randy Lange (NewYorkJets.com) Offensive game plan for the Patriots? Win.
- Brian Costello (NY Post) Jets WR Santonio Holmes isn't impressed with Patriots defense.
- Staff Report (Star-Ledger) Jerod Mayo's absence could aid Jets' running game.
- Conor Orr (NJ Star-Ledger) Jets mum on whether DB Darrelle Revis will shadow Wes Welker.
- Andrew LeRay (NewYorkJets.com) Revis examines Patriots' passing game.
- Steve Serby (NY Post) Brady still has loss to Jets in his head.
- Brian Costello (NY Post) Jets' Cromartie stands by critique of Patriots' Brady.
- Brian Costello (NY Post) Jets Sanchez, Holmes seem at odds over comments.
- Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Nick Mangold practices on limited basis, 'looking good' for Patriots game.