The AFC East takes center stage tonight, with the New England Patriots taking on their division rivals in the New York Jets. Here are some notes for the two teams heading in to the game:
With win, head coach BILL BELICHICK & QB TOM BRADY will surpass HOFers DAN MARINO & DON SHULA of Miami for most wins (116) by QB-head coach duo in SB era (since '66)...Patriots are tied for NFL-best with 24-7 (.774) record in division games from Nov. until the end of season since '02 (SD, 24-7)...Brady (116) needs win to tie HOFer JOE MONTANA (117) for 7th-most wins by starting QB in NFL history. Brady has 14-5 (.737) regular-season record vs. Jets. RB BEN JARVUS GREEN-ELLIS had career-best 136 rush yards in last game vs. NYJ...WR WES WELKER had 5 rec. for 124 yards in last game vs. NYJ. Welker (498) needs 2 rec. to join TROY BROWN (557) & STANLEY MORGAN (534) as 3rd player in franchise history with 500 catches...Since entering NFL in '10, TE ROB GRONKOWSKI leads NFL TEs with 16 TD rec...CB KYLE ARRINGTON tied for NFL-best with 5 INTs...
Club aims for 3rd straight win vs. Patriots at home...Jets are 4-0 at home this season...Jets seek 7th straight win in Nov...In past 4, QB MARK SANCHEZ has completed 68 of 112 passes (60.7 pct.) for 770 yards with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 94.7 rating. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 105.6 rating in last game vs. NE. Aims for 25th regular-season win as starter (24-15, .615)...In past 4, RB SHONN GREENE is averaging 86.3 rush yards per game (345 total). RB LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON posted 1st rush TD of season last week & 145th of career, 2nd-most all-time (EMMITT SMITH, 164)...Incl. postseason, WR SANTONIO HOLMES aims for 3rd straight game with TD vs. NE. WR PLAXICO BURRESS had season-best in rec. (5) & rec. yards (79) last week...LB CALVIN PACE recorded 1st INT of season last week...LB JAMAAL WESTERMAN had career-best 2 sacks in last game vs. NE...KR-RB JOE MC KNIGHT leads NFL with 40.2 KR avg.