New England Patriots defeat New York Jets, 31-14

FOXBOROUGH - The Jets milked that first one, didn’t they?

They beat the Patriots way back when to go 2-0 en route to 3-0, and they had a lot to say. Of course, they didn’t beat the real Patriots, who were missing two players of some consequence.

One, as we all know, was Wes Welker, the man Bill Belichick refers to as “the best slot receiver in the league.’’ And the other was Tom Brady. Some guy wearing No. 12 played in that game back on Sept. 20, but it certainly wasn’t...

FOXBOROUGH - Laurence Maroney owns two streaks after yesterday. One he would like to continue next week, the other he could live without.

For the first time since the Patriots drafted the running back in the first round in 2006, he has a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games. But he also has a fumble in back-to-back games.

Maroney is the first Patriot in a decade to score a rushing touchdown in five straight games, the third-longest streak in team history. The ...

Late last Sunday, before the Patriots escaped the visitors’ locker room at Lucas Oil Stadium, coach Bill Belichick spoke to his players. The sting of that night had to stay there. “He told us to press on,’’ cornerback Jonathan Wilhite said.

On Monday, Junior Seau gave his teammates an imperative. “Have a short memory,’’ he said. When the Patriots gathered Wednesday for their first practice since their meltdown against the Colts, Belichick was convinced the Patriots had ...

The NFL hath no fury like a defense scorned. Mark Sanchez and the Jets learned that the hard way yesterday.

All week the Patriots defense had to listen to the fourth and 2 debate following the collapse against the Colts. Every argument that Patriots coach Bill Belichick made the right decision and was truly giving his team its best chance to win by going for it on his own 28 up by six points with 2:08 to play was either a direct or indirect indictment of the defense.

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