New England Patriots defeat New York Jets, 16-3

Beating the bad teams, losing to the good ones, the Patriots continued their lurch toward an inevitable playoff date with a 16-3 victory over the ghastly New York Jets yesterday.

On a cold, sometimes-snowy evening, the Krafts-men took care of business against a team clearly on a mission to land Southern California's Reggie Bush.

At times it sounded as if the Patriots and Jets were playing the game at Harvard Widener Library as 68,756 shivered and snoozed through 60 minu...

Rookie cornerback Ellis Hobbs had a spirited battle with Jets receiver Laveranues Coles, as the two jawed back-and-forth throughout yesterday's contest.

Coles led the Jets with four catches for just 35 yards, with his longest grab a 14-yarder, with Hobbs waiting to slam him to the turf after the catch in New England's 16-3 win.

''It's one of those things where he's a vet and I'm a rookie, so obviously he's going to try me," Hobbs said. ''I welcome the challenge. All ...

Bill Belichick wore a certain sly smile throughout the week, several times asking the media if they were ready for the impending snowfall on the weekend.

Maybe he will never admit it, but as jovial as he seemed to be, he had to know.

This is the Patriots' time of the year; the Patriots' type of weather.

Football. Gillette Stadium. Snow. Victory.

The Patriots rolled the New York Jets, 16-3, yesterday, putting in their best defensive effort of the season on a chi...

This time a year ago, they were 11-1 and the talk was all about home-field advantage. Yesterday, the focus was simpler for the New England Patriots.

''Win ugly, win pretty, this time of year it doesn't matter," linebacker Tedy Bruschi said after his team came away from a frigid day at Razor Blade Field with a 16-3 win over the sad-sack New York Jets that was, shall we say, not exactly surgical. But that is the beauty of the situation the Patriots are in. It doesn't matt...