New York Jets defeat New England Patriots, 17-14

This time there was no escape for Bill Belichick.

The "no-look handshake," just like everything else the Patriots coach tried yesterday, was foiled by his former student, his acolyte really. For at least one day, Eric Mangini was always one step ahead of his old mentor.

Only minutes after Mangini's Jets came into the Patriots' home ground and both beat and baffled them, 17-14, the coaches met in the middle of the field for the traditional postgame handshake. Two months ...

As cameras gathered around Troy Brown in the somber Patriots locker room yesterday, the 14-year veteran was offered an olive branch. His team had been thumped by the visiting Jets, 17-14, and it was suggested to Brown that perhaps the result was more because of the Patriots' lack of execution than anything else.

No way, Brown shot back.

"You can't say that," he said. "The guys over there played their butts off. They sacked us, they knocked balls down, got turnovers, ...

Defensive lineman Richard Seymour had his playing time limited in yesterday's game, and hinted that it wasn't his choice.

"I just go when my number is called. I don't say when I go in and come out," Seymour said. "We have coaches who tell us some of those rotations. We leave it up to them. Obviously, you don't always agree with everything that goes on, but you respect it. But you definitely don't have to agree with everything."

Seymour acknowledged that he isn't 100 ...

Wait a minute. What about the Minnesota game? That was only two weeks ago, and we all had visions of the Patriots playing a highly regarded football game on the first Sunday in February after watching them demolish the Vikings in the Metrodome.

"You get judged week to week," quarterback Tom Brady reminded us all yesterday, "and each week it doesn't carry over. So you have to line up and play a lot better next week, knowing we're capable of playing better, and we have pl...