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November 22, 2012

No Gronk vs. Jets, but Pats still go as Brady goes

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Sounds as though Belichick, one win from becoming the eighth NFL coach with 200 victories, has something up his hoodie. Just as he always does. Gronkowski or no Gronkowski, the Patriots still have Brady, of course, and that’s enough for anyone in New England to feel confident.

Brady was asked earlier this week if Gronkowski seemed to be in a decent mood when the two spoke.

“I haven’t been thinking about his spirits,” Brady said. “I’ve been thinking about the Jets.”

Uh-oh.

A focused and determined Brady is certainly cause for concern for the Jets.

“He’s going to be Brady,” safety LaRon Landry said. “He’s going to complete passes and he’s going to be great out there. We are going against a tough quarterback.”

Talk about an understatement. Brady needs one touchdown pass to extend his streak with at least one to 43 straight games — third-longest in league history behind Drew Brees (53 and counting) and Johnny Unitas (47). He has 51 career 300-yard passing games in the regular season, and one more would put him into tie for fifth place with Kurt Warner. Brady also needs 86 yards passing to move past Dan Fouts (43,040) for 10th place on NFL’s career list.

“The thing about him is he’s a machine, yet he’s passionate and a fiery leader and all that type of stuff, so you wish he was just a machine,” Ryan said. “His competitive side elevates his team as well. That’s what you get in those once-in-a-generation type quarterbacks, that he’s just a special guy.”

The Jets know all about it, too. Brady is 4-0 with 10 TDs and one interception in his last four regular-season games against them. He’s 17-5 overall when playing New York, including New England’s playoff loss in the 2010 postseason.

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