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The New England Patriots will look to avenge an early season loss at the Meadowlands when they face the rival New York Jets on Monday Night at Gillette Stadium. Both teams come into the game at 9-2, tied for the best record in the NFL, along with the Atlanta Falcons. Despite their records, the game could end up meaning the difference between home field advantage throughout the playoffs and a first round road game, as the team that loses the division race would end up as the fifth seed at best.
With all of that on the line, it would make the loss a devastating blow to either team, but it would be more crushing to the Patriots. If the Jets win, they will have gone 2-0 against the Patriots and will own the tiebreaker, meaning New England will have to finish with a better record than them to take the division crown. To do this, they would have to gain two games on the Jets in the final four weeks of the season. It wouldn’t be impossible, just highly improbable.
When the teams finally meet on Monday Night, they will have a completely different look than they did in their first meeting way back in week two. Obviously, the Patriots have gone through some monumental changes, after the trade of Randy Moss and the subsequent re-acquisition of Deion Branch. The moves, combined with a change in offensive philosophy, has them looking more like the teams of the Super Bowl years, at least on one side of the ball.
As for the Jets, when they came into the first meeting they were without top receiver Santonio Holmes, had a hobbled Darrelle Revis, and had a huge question mark at quarterback with Mark Sanchez. Since then, Holmes has returned from suspension, Revis is healthy, and Sanchez has shown to be a solid quarterback.
Both teams are better than they were early in the year, but have the Patriots made up enough ground to close the gap and pick up a win that will change the course of the season for both of these franchises? Find out Monday night. Patriots vs. Jets tickets are now available!
The New England Patriots will honor a true Patriot during Monday Night’s game against the New York Jets, as the night has been dubbed “Tedy Bruschi Night.” Although no formal announcement has been made, it is expected that the ceremony will be similar to the one the team held for Troy Brown in 2008, which came at halftime. Coincidentally (or not), Troy Brown night was also held when the Jets were in town.
Of all of the Patriots who could have possibly been honored, none deserve it more than Bruschi. In the eyes of the team, its management, and its fans, Bruschi represents what it means to be a New England Patriot.
Bruschi spent his entire career in New England, after being drafted out of the University of Arizona in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft. After being drafted, the team achieved unparalleled success, at least in their history, as they played in five Super Bowls, while winning three. Although he wasn’t a significant part in the first Super Bowl appearance, a loss to Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXI, he quickly rose up the depth chart and was the backbone of the defense when the Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years, starting in the 2001 season.
During that time, Bruschi remained largely anonymous on a national scale, only making one Pro Bowl. Regardless, he is still beloved in New England and is considered one of the greatest players in franchise history. On Monday Night, he will finally get to step up and get the credit he deserves.
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Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins reported to the New England Patriots on Tuesday following a lengthy holdout through the first half of the 2010 regular season. Mankins was previously offered a tender worth $3.26 million before week one. The Patriots then reduced the contract to $1.54 million in light of his absence. Mankins will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Patriots players and coaches are certainly excited to see Mankins return with the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts next on the schedule. “Logan came in, I met with him this morning, and it’s good to have him back on the team,” said Belichick. “He’s been a great player and person for our football team. He’s tough. He’s smart. You just can’t have too many guys like that on your football team. We’re glad he’s back.”
The Patriots currently hold the best record in the NFL at 6-1. The 2-5 Cleveland Browns have been plagued with injuries at the quarterback position between Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme. Head coach Eric Mangini may look to start rookie Colt McCoy when the Patriots make their way to town on Sunday. Find the best New England Patriots ticket deals right here at Ace!
Two-time Pro Bowler Logan Mankins is reportedly expected to end his holdout with the New England Patriots. The NFL Players Union states that a player must be listed on the roster for a minimum six games in order to earn the $3.26 million contract tender for the season. If Mankins reports to Patriots practice facilities before their Week 11 home game against the Indianapolis Colts, he will have earn an accrued season toward his 2011 unrestricted free agency. The six-year veteran has been in search of a deal similar the seven-year $56.7 million contract Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans worked out with the New Orleans Saints.
The Patriots are currently preparing for their next contest against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Since trading stand-out wide receiver Randy Moss, the New England front office took action and brought back Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch to expand the offense. “The relationship I have with Deion on the field has always been a great one,” said Quarterback Tom Brady. “I think there has always been a natural chemistry and I hope we would be able to rely back on that a little.”
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New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has reportedly been in touch with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch about a possible return to the organization. Branch was a member of the Patriots from 2002 to 2005 and was named Super Bowl XXXIX MVP. Following the teams decision to send Pro Bowl wide-out Randy Moss back to Minnesota, the addition of Branch would certainly benefit the well balanced New England attack.
Branch is planning to meet with Seattle GM John Schneider to discuss his future with the Seahawks. In an interview with the Boston Herald earlier this season, he informed the press that he would be love to rejoin the New England franchise. “You know what, I talk to guys all the time. I never wanted to leave, nor did coach [Bill] Belichick and his staff and the organization want me to leave, either,” he said. “We just couldn’t get the contractual part down. We just couldn’t come to an agreement. And that stuff happens. I still love Coach Belichick and if the opportunity presents itself to come back, I would love to be there.”
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The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady are reportedly closing in on a contract extension with the NFL regular season just around the corner. When asked about the pending negotiations, Brady chose to avoid the topic while holding the Cincinnati Bengals as his number one priority. “The reality is I have a job to do and my job isn’t revolved around worrying about what my future is right now,” he said. “My job is to be the best leader for this team that I can be, and really to get ready to play the Bengals, and play really well. Because of that, I think it’s pretty selfish if I sit here and that’s all I’m worried about — myself.”
Veteran wide-out Randy Moss recently expressed his feelings in regards to contract issues with the Patriots. The 7x Pro Bowler caught 83 passes for 1,264 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. “We’re glad he’s here from the game on Sunday and that’s what we’re worried about,” said team director of play personnel Nick Caserio. “He’s going to help our football team, I’m sure. That’s what we’re focused on right now.” Patriots vs. Bengals kickoff is set for September 12th at 1:00 PM in Foxboro.
Eli Manning and Tom Brady each led their respective units downfield for first quarter touchdowns as the New York Giants went on to defeat the New England Patriots 20-17 in yesterday’s week 4 preseason showdown at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The fourth block also featured a pair of drives between backup QBs Brian Hoyer and Rhett Bomar. Hoyer was first to strike with 4:55 left in regulation when he hit Darnell Jenkins deep for New England to claim the 17-12 advantage. Bomar then connected with Duke Calhoun with under two minutes remaining to solidify the victory for New York.
“It felt great,” said Bomar after completing 11 of 24 passes for 171 yards. “You always want to end the preseason on a good note. It was good to end it like that…I went out there and played and not everything was perfect. But I made some plays and whatever happens, happens.”
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick seems optimistic looking forward despite the recent back-to-back preseason losses. “I think we’re ready to go,” he said. “I think everybody is ready to start the season next week, and we’ll get on it right away. We’re on to Cincinnati.” The Giants will open their regular season campaign against the Carolina Panthers next Sunday as the Patriots play host to the Bengals in Foxboro. New England Patriots tickets are now available!
St Louis Rams No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford completed 15 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL start to lead his team past the New England Patriots 36-35 in yesterday’s preseason contest at Gillette Stadium. “He was putting the ball on the money,” said Rams RB Steven Jackson. “You can tell he really knows the offense. I’m really impressed with how far he’s come in a short time.” Both offenses were rolling through all four quarters, posting at least one touchdown in each block.
Patriots QB Tom Brady was able to put together quite the stat line despite the loss, passing for 273 yards and three TD’s from 18 completions. “Coach really challenged us at halftime to come out and play a lot tougher than we were playing, and I thought offensively we did a couple good things,” said Brady. “But in the end, it comes down to losing the game, and no one ever feels good about that around here.” First year TE Rob Gronkowski had a break through game with three receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
The Patriots defense will look to tighten up before their final preseason game against the New York Giants next Thursday. Opening day at Gillette stadium will feature New England welcoming the Cincinnati Bengals to Foxboro Sunday, September 12th. Purchase your New England Patriots tickets right here with us at AceTicket.com!