New England Patriots defeat New York Jets, 38-14

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Wes Welker said that before the Patriots opened their season he was getting calls from friends asking if they should pick him up in fantasy football.

"I was like, 'No, you should pick up Randy [Moss],' " said Welker. "He's coming to play and he's going to do a great job this year."

If yesterday is any indication, you can't go wrong picking up any member of the Patriots offense for your fantasy team. Tom Brady and Co. played their own version o...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - They sat side-by-side on the bench much of the time when they were not connecting on the field. Tom Brady and Randy Moss looked a little like Larry Bird and Bill Walton in that magical winter of 1985-86: two of the best players of all-time, plotting together for the first time, beating the stuffing out of the other team.

"Randy's a great leader," Brady said yesterday after Moss shredded the New York Jets secondary with nine catches for 183 yards ...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Asante Samuel took an important first step toward meeting the playing time incentives in the amended $7.79 million franchise tender offer he signed with the Patriots after missing a month of training camp.

A source with knowledge of Samuel's contract confirmed the cornerback's deal with the Patriots prevents him from being franchised again next season if he plays 60 percent of the defensive snaps or the team wins 12 games.

The fifth-year playe...

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For all the talk about yesterday's season opener being a chess match, it turned out to be anything but. This wasn't about mind games. It was about one team imposing its will on the other.

The Patriots' approach was rather simple: Pound the ball right at the Jets, then suck them in and take shots down the field.

Balance, it can be a beautiful thing.

It was an attack the Patriots weren't as qualified to pull off last year, a result of not hav...