It’s finally game day, as the Patriots will take on the Jets this afternoon at 4:15pm down at the Meadowlands. There are some interesting stories that came out here on this Sunday morning, so let’s get to the headlines.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets plan to have Revis on Welker in certain down-and-distance situations, and according to the report on those plays Antonio Cromartie would cover Moss with some safety help.
Shalise Manza Young has an article this morning “getting to know” Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler, which features some little known facts about the veteran.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wonders what would be sweeter than beating the Jets, and feels they “have it coming”. Shaughnessy writes, “They’ve been talking trash for months, and now the larger forces are coming back to bite them in the glutes”. It’s a good read, so be sure and check it out.
Jim McBride has a scouting report on today’s game, looking at different areas for both teams, and pointing out who he feels has the edge at each one.
The Patriots added former Jets receiver Danny Woodhead yesterday, and Shalise Manza Young writes that this was likely done as a form of “gamesmanship” to tweak Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Young also has an article on Fred Taylor, who now more than a dozen years later is still enjoying playing football and hopes to have a good performance today.
Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that pushing aside all the hype, this game is big for both teams as you never know which games may ultimately end up deciding playoff seeding, etc.
Ron Borges of the Boston Herald has an interesting look at Jets head coach Rex Ryan, whose personality seems to fit that team perfectly.
Karen Guregian writes that the Jets can focus on Welker and Moss all they want, but they likely will have a touger time with the two rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.
And finally Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has his five questions for today, one of which is he wonders if the tight ends and Welker can help diffuse the Jets blitzing schemes.
That’s it for this morning. We’ll have more pregame notes coming up.