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Back on track

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (5-3) at NEW YORK JETS (5-3)

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

The facts and figures for tonight's game:

KICKOFF: 8:20 p.m.

WEATHER: Partly cloudy, highs in the low 50s, dipping into the upper 40s by game's end. Winds out of the south southwest at around 5-10 mph.

NETWORK TELEVISION COVERAGE: NBC

TV ANNOUNCERS: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya

RADIO COVERAGE: 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship for the 37-station Patriots Radio Network

RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gil Santos, Gino Cappelletti, Scott Zolak

COMCAST SPORTSNET COVERAGE

CSNNE.com STAFF: Tom E. Curran, Mary Paoletti, Art Martone

CSN TELEVISION: Mike Giardi

GOING DOWN: The Patriots lost, 24-20, to the Giants last Sunday, snapping their 20-game regular-season home winning streak in the process. New England has now dropped back-to-back games for the first time since Weeks 12-13 in 2009 and is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak since a four-game skid in 2002.

GOING UP: The Jets went to Buffalo and beat the Bills, 27-11, in Week 9 and have now won three straight games overall by an average of 13.3 points per victory. Including a 4-0 mark in 2011, the Jets have won five straight home games by a combined score of 148-61.

LOOKING FOR EVENS: New England beat New York, 31-20, in these teams' first meeting of the season in Week 5. The Patriots and Jets have split their regular-season series each of the last three years.

STILL ON PACE: Tom Brady had his NFL-record 31-game regular-season home win streak snapped by the Giants last Sunday, despite recording his fifth 300-plus passing yard performance of 2011. Brady is one of four quarterbacks averaging over 300 yards through the air this season (Brees, Rodgers and Rivers are the others) and is on pace for 5,406 passing yards overall -- a number that would crush Dan Marino's NFL record of 5,084 yards in 1984.

JERSEY BOY: Mark Sanchez completed a season-best 71.4 percent of his passes for 230 yards and a touchdown (1 INT) last Sunday. Sanchez is 2-0 with a 114.5 rating (4 TDs, 0 INT) in two career home games versus the Patriots and Tom Brady.

SURE HANDED: New England players have dropped just seven catchable passes from Tom Brady this season -- fewest of any team in the league. The Jets have 14 drops in 2011 -- 15th in the NFL.

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

Miller, Krejci game-time decisions tonight; O'Gara called up

BRIGHTON, Mass – It wouldn’t be a Bruins game this season if there weren’t some health question marks entering a game night, so the B’s will once again have a few players up in the air for the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

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David Krejci (back) and Kevan Miller (upper body) were both on the ice prior to morning skate and Krejci participated in the optional practice, along with Patrice Bergeron and a handful of others on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena. Krejci and Miller were termed game-time decisions based on the way things went this morning and Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy could have more lineup juggling in front of him based on those players.

Krejci said he was taking things “day-by-day”, but didn’t think it was going to be a long-term injury even if he misses the game.

“We’ll kind of take it day-by-day and we’ll see. I feel better than two days ago, so I guess we’ll be taking it day-by-day,” said Krejci. “I got hit in the last game and that forced me to leave the game. It’s a brand new injury and it just happened the other day. So that’s what it is.

“I don’t think it’s an injury that would be long term. It’s just one of these things that happens [during the games]. I wouldn’t lie to you if it was something that was a week or two weeks. We’ll just see how I feel later tonight. Injuries happen to every team. Hopefully, this is it for us here early in the season, and down the stretch, we’ll be healthy pushing for the playoffs.”

First the definite situations for the Black and Gold: Bergeron will play for the second game in a row and Paul Postma will be in the lineup, with Adam McQuaid shelved for the next couple of months with a broken leg. Beyond that, the Bruins could swing Miller from the left side to the right side if he plays, Charlie McAvoy could be added to the penalty kill and David Backes could end up playing some center if Matt Beleskey draws back into the lineup.

“We’ll probably move people around. [David] Backes, [Tim] Schaller has played some center over the years and obviously [Patrice] Bergeron looks like he’s going to play,” said Cassidy. “I think we’ll be okay. We sat out a forward the [Thursday vs. the Canucks], so we’ll move people around.

“Kevan will be a game-time decision, so we had a discussion about that and we’ll look into that as well. [Krejci] got hit in the lower back the other night, tried to finish and it’s one of those ones where at puck drop we’ll know.”

Robbie O’Gara popped on the Bruins roster on their team website early on Saturday afternoon, so the Yale alum will get the call if Miller can’t answer the bell on Saturday night. Another piece of good news: Noel Acciari skated with the injured players ahead of the morning skate and appears to be progressing slowly from his broken finger.  

Anything, it seems, is possible for these banged-up B’s as another body drops with each passing game or practice. Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sabres based on an optional morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Bjork

DeBrusk-Krejci-Pastrnak

Schaller-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Agostino

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

O’Gara/Miller-Postma

 
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