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Pats seek eighth straight win against Jets

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:14 AM NY Jets (4-4) at New England (6-2) Sunday 1:00 pm EST

FOXBORO, Massachusetts (Ticker) -- After losing to Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, Tom Brady will try to continue his mastery of the New York Jets.

Brady and the New England Patriots have won seven straight games against their AFC East rivals, heading into Sunday's contest at Gillette Stadium.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP is 9-1 in his career against the Jets with 11 touchdown passes and three interceptions.

On September 17, Brady threw for 220 yards and a touchdown and Corey Dillon ran for 80 yards and another score as the Patriots built a 24-point lead and then held on for a 24-17 victory.

It was the first meeting between three-time Super Bowl winning coach Bill Belichick of the Patriots and Eric Mangini, who worked under Belichick as a secondary coach and defensive coordinator in New England before leaving in the offseason to take the Jets job.

While Mangini had nothing but praise for his mentor in the week leading up to the game, Belichick had little to say about his former assistant. It might have been gamesmanship, but Belichick barely acknowledged Mangini when the two shook hands after the game.

A touchdown pass from Brady to rookie Chad Jackson, scoring runs by Dillon and rookie Laurence Maroney and a field goal by rookie Stephen Gostkowski staked the Patriots to a 24-0 lead.

"I remember it as a game of two halves," said New York's Chad Pennington, who threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns. "We were outexecuted in the first half. We outexecuted them in the second half.

Pennington threw scoring passes of 71 yards to Jerricho Cotchery and 46 yards to Laveranues Coles and Mike Nugent kicked a field goal in the second half for the Jets.

But Pennington's final pass was intercepted by linebacker Tedy Bruschi at the New England 21 with five seconds left.

The Belichick-Mangini matchup is the latest chapter in a division rivalry that heated up when Bill Parcells left the Patriots after Super Bowl XXXI to take the Jets job in 1997.

Parcells proceeded to sign running back Curtis Martin away from the Patriots. Then in 2000, Belichick turned down the Jets coaching job as the heir apparent to Parcells and took over the Patriots.

Under Belichick, the Patriots have won three of the last five Super Bowl titles. In that span, the Jets made the playoffs three times, but failed to reach the AFC championship game.

After finishing 4-12 last season, Jets owner Woody Johnson decided to pick from the Belichick tree, naming Mangini as his coach last January to replace Herman Edwards.

Just 35 years of age, Mangini has three Super Bowl rings as Belichick's secondary coach in New England. Last season, he was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Mangini's coaching philosophy is patterned on what he learned from Belichick and the personalities of the two are similar.

Despite not having Martin, the NFL's fourth all-time leading rusher who is out for the season and may retire, Mangini has guided the Jets to a 4-4 record at the midway point.

The Patriots are 6-2 heading into the second half of the season, but the losses came at home against Indianapolis and Denver.

Last Sunday night, Brady tied a career high with four interceptions while Manning threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' 27-20 win at New England.

Brady has completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,799 yards and 14 touchdowns with eight interceptions this season.

Pennington has completed better than 62 percent of his passes for 1,558 yards and nine scores with eight interceptions.

Coles is fourth in the AFC with 46 catches for 606 yards and three touchdowns.

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