Jets/Pats on NFLN Tonight

The Patriots and Jets battle it out for first place in the AFC East this evening on the NFL Network.

If you live around Boston and don’t get the NFL Network, the game will be shown on WCVB Channel 5 in Boston and WMUR channel 9 in Manchester, NH.

If you’re outside the area, and don’t get NFLN, you can go to NFL.com and watch the game online there.

In the New York papers today, this game is being touted as one of supreme importance for the Jets. Get a glimpse over at JetsLinks.com.

Gotta love the Jets. From Mark Cannizzaro

One Jets offensive player, who spoke under the condition of anonymity because he didn’t want to provide bulletin board fodder for the Patriots, talked about being “sick to our stomachs” about the Jets’ 19-10 loss in Week 2 at the Meadowlands. He felt the Patriots were vulnerable – particularly on defense. Not to mention it was the first game with Matt Cassel at quarterback, after Tom Brady was injured in Week 1 vs. the Chiefs.

The player spoke matter-of-factly about how “slow” and “old” a number of the New England defenders are and how he believes the Jets should be able to put up “a lot of points” on them tonight.

Um, just because you’re anonymous doesn’t mean your comments aren’t bulletinboard material, genius.

Christopher L. Gasper has a look at how the Patriots have filled the holes in their lineup this season, and how they favor play over pedigree. Tim Weisberg has Matt Cassel getting his first experience at facing a team for the second time. Shalise Manza Young says that these aren’t the same two teams that we saw in week two. John Tomase says that there is more than just a game on the line tonight. Kerry Bryne looks at some Surprise Impact Players for the Patriots over the years. K.C. Joyner says that this game should be old hat for the Patriots.

Jim McBride has the scouting report in the Globe today. Mark Farinella has a short week leading to a big game for these two teams. Christopher Price looks at the unique challenges the short week brings. Ben Swasey tells us why the Patriots will beat the Jets tonight. Tom Wilcox has a look at the Patriots depth. The Herald has Five things to watch for tonight. The Globe OT has Three keys vs. Jets.

Adam Kilgore has Kris Jenkins proving to be a good fit in New York, both on and off the field. David Brown has the Jets recent success coming on the ground. Rich Garven has sole possession of first place on the line tonight at Gillette. Brian MacPherson has the Jets getting a rare opportunity to knock the Patriots out of first place. Dom Amore says that if the Jets can’t overtake the Patriots now, when will they ever? Kerry J. Byrne says that you can count on Brett Favre coming up small in big games.

Over in the Metro, I’m feeling fairly good about the Patriots chances in the AFC. Michael Felger has this week’s Patriots Mailbag.

Gasper’s notebook has Adalius Thomas undergoing surgery yesterday, though not yet being placed on season-ended IR. I would expect that to happen soon, however. Guregian’s notebook says that the Patriots will try to force Brett Favre to beat them.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris have P.J. Axelsson giving the Bruins a 2-1 shootout victory over the Blackhawks last night.

Dupont says that the Bruins should try to bring Brian Burke in to run their hockey operations. Mick Colageo has the Bruins shooting for more than respect. Danny Picard has a piece on Chuck Kobasew in the Globe OT.

Dupont’s notebook has former Bruins draftee Kris Versteeg  doing well for himself in Chicago. Harris’ notebook has rookie Blake Wheeler rewarding his coach’s faith in him.

Misc

Dan Shaughnessy says that the Red Sox made the right move by not raising ticket prices. Chad Finn reflects on the tenure of Jason Varitek and the outrageous salary demands of his agent. Bob Lobel wants to thank Curt Schilling aka Joe the Plumber. Tony Massarotti looks at whether Dustin Pedroia or Kevin Youkilis is the more valuable player. Tom Caron, talks with Mo Vaughn. Maureen Mullen has the Sox making their shopping list for free agency.

Scott Souza looks at the energy of Kevin Garnett.

Will Leitch says that Boston fans are spoiled by the success of their teams.

  • http://www.jonvssports.blogspot.com Jon

    I’m confused: the article and the wikipedia entry on Brian Burke say he’s a Harvard grad. Yet he somehow also played with Providence until 1977. Did he go to both schools simultaneously?
    Go Crim-Friars! Or something.

  • MarkB

    I love that WEEI.com – home of the Metco Gorilla – is now home to Will Leitch of Deadspin.com – the home of “Boston is Racist” writers and posters. It’s like Ron Borges going to work for the Krafts.

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