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Game Day: Patriots vs. Jets

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Game Day: Patriots vs. Jets

NEW YORK JETS (2-2) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-1)Gillette Stadium, Foxboro

The facts and figures for today's game:

KICKOFF: 4:15 p.m.

WEATHER: Sunny with a high of 85, dropping into the mid- to lower 70s by game's end. Winds will be out of the west northwest, then shifting to the west, between 6-10 mph. See NECN's complete weather forecast.

NETWORK TELEVISION COVERAGE: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms

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, A. Sherrod Blakely, Art Martone, Danny Picard

CSN TELEVISION: Mike Giardi, Kevin Walsh

SPORTS SUNDAY (7:30 P.M. SUNDAY): Michael Felger, Troy Brown, Ty Law

WHAT THEY'RE WEARING: The Patriots will be in 1985 throwback uniforms, with red jerseys and white helmets featuring the 'Pat Patriot' logo. The Jets will be in early 1960s New York Titans throwback uniforms (the team was known as the Titans from 1960-62).

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: The Patriots are 7-3 while wearing throwback uniforms. The Jets are 5-1.

TO DATE: The Jets lead the all-time series against the Patriots, 52-51-1. They are 3-2 against the Pats since Rex Ryan became coach in 2009, including last year's 28-21 playoff victory at Gillette.

FALL GUYS: Since 2003, the Pats are 30-5 in October and have won 21 of their last 23 in that month. At Gillette since '03, they're 16-1 in October.

STREAKS: The Pats have scored 30 or more points in 12 straight regular-season games, a franchise record. The streak began with a 39-26 win at Pittsburgh last Nov. 14 . . . The NFL record for consecutive 30-points-plus games is 14, set by the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams . . . Tom Brady will set a franchise record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass if he throws one today. He's connected in 19 straight regular-season games, dating back to the 2010 season opener. He set the mark of 19 from Dec. 17, 2006-Dec. 9, 2007.

Check back often for updates.

Julio Jones presents Johnson Bademosi opportunity to prove he's not niche player

Julio Jones presents Johnson Bademosi opportunity to prove he's not niche player

None of us thought Johnson Bademosi would be starting this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Jets because -- well -- that’s not what we perceive the 27-year-old to be. He’s a special teamer. It’s how he’s made his mark in the NFL dating back to 2012 with Cleveland. So why would that change in mid-October for a team he’s only been with for six weeks? Because Bademosi is -- and has always been -- intent on proving he’s more than a niche player.

“I see myself as a football player,” he said, “and whatever position they put me in, I’m going to try to be the best because that’s how I operate and who I am as a person. Whether that’s as a cornerback, on special teams, if they ask me to play wildcat quarterback. Whatever…”

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Bill Belichick and his staff asked for Bademosi to go on the field and not come off. He played 73 defensive snaps in addition to his usual core four special teams duties. 

“I felt like I played a whole game,” Bademosi joked, before saying, “I love playing football so I’m going to go out there and empty myself.”

He did just that, getting targeted only two times in the 24-17 win over the Jets. It was hoped that Bademosi would return to his normal specialist role, but with Stephon Gilmore still out with a concussion, it now seems more and more likely that the sixth year pro will have to be an ironman again Sunday night in primetime against the Falcons. Historically, the Pats have defended bigger receivers. That means Bademosi may be responsible for one of the most dangerous players in the league, Julio Jones.

“He’s an amazing player," he said. “We all know what he’s capable of. As a defense, we have to be prepared for him.”

The Pats were on Super Bowl Sunday and Jones still made a couple of ridiculous plays with either Logan Ryan or Eric Rowe in coverage with safety help over the top.

“He’s fast. He’s physical. He can jump. He can run. He’s smart. He’s everything you want in a wide receiver,” said Bademosi without blinking an eye. That’s the kind of confidence you want from a player at that position and facing this type of challenge. 

“You gotta believe in yourself,” he said “ I’m confident in my abilities. I work hard and trust my preparation.”

Being an elite athlete certainly helps. Bademosi was a scholarship football player at Stanford -- “some guy named Jim Harbaugh called” -- before ending up in the NFL. But it’s Bademosi’s willingness to go all in in the film room that impressed safety Devin McCourty. 

“…I think, honestly, the most work he did was probably with just himself jumping into the film, watching more stuff to exactly see,” said McCourty Thursday. “You know, when you’re a backup more, you’re kind of trying to see everything because you don’t know what role you might be thrust upon once you’re in the game. But, I think once he knew he was starting, it was kind of like, ‘Alright, let me focus in on this.’ I thought he did an awesome job of just being ready and competing.”

Bademosi will have to compete his ass off Sunday night, even against what has been to this point a physically compromised Jones. Based on what he did several days ago, there’s no reason to believe the Pats cornerback won’t bring everything he has, trying to prove again that he’s more than just a special teams whiz.

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