FOXBORO — We are on the scene here at Gillette in advance of the much-anticipated Monday night kickoff between the Patriots and the Jets.
•First place in the AFC East is on the line tonight, as New England and New York are tied at 9-2. Both teams are coming off Thanksgiving Day victories — the Patriots over the Lions and the Jets over the Bengals. It marks the first time division opponents that are tied for the best record met in the 12th game of the season or later since Dec. 9, 2001. It is the 100th meeting between the two teams, and New England will be looking to average a Sept. 19 loss to New York at the New Meadowlands Stadium, a 28-14 defeat where the Patriots turned the ball over three times on the way to their first loss of the season.
•New England quarterback Tom Brady is coming off a three-game stretch where he’s played some of the finest football of his career, a 70-for-95 effort with 877 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions. In addition, in his last time out, Brady registered just the second perfect passer rating of his career, a 158.3 in the win over Detroit on Thanksgiving.
•On the other side of the ball, the Jets bring the fourth-ranked scoring defense in the league to face the NFL’s highest-scoring offense. Last week, the Jets held the Bengals to 34 yards on 28 second-half plays on the way to the 26-10 victory. For the season, the Jets allow 269.9 yards per game, third-best in the NFL, and 5.97 yards per pass play, fifth-best in the league.
•It should be a cold one this evening — weather.com is calling for a low of 26 degrees with a chance of scattered flurries. (Chance of precipitation is at 30 percent.)
•The Patriots will honor former linebacker Tedy Bruschi with a special halftime ceremony. Bruschi, who spent his entire 13-year career in New England with the Patriots, was an essential part of three Super Bowl champions, eight division championships and five conference championships.