FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots come into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets hoping to break the gridlock in the AFC East and bounce back from a disappointing 24-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
It’s possible the Patriots will get a boost with the return of linebacker Dont’a Hightower (hamstring) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand), who are both listed as questionable for today’s game.
The Jets come into today’s game off a 35-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts in which running back Shonn Green ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries while Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez passed for a paltry 82 yards. For the Jets, in their three wins this season, Greene has averaged at least 26 carries. That will probably be a point of emphasis today for the Jets who sport a 30th-ranked pass offense, even against a Patriots team that allows 288.8 yards per game in the air.
The Patriots’ fifth-ranked rushing defense (82.7 yards per game) will not only look to bottle up Greene, but possibly backup quarterback Tim Tebow, who may see time at halfback. Tebow most certainly will make an appearance as the wildcat quarterback in offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s offense.
Here are the details for today’s game:
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Records: Patriots 3-3; Jets 3-3.
TV/Radio info: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Gil Santos, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Wes Welker, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Brandon Lloyd, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Aaron Hernandez.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork DT Kyle Love, RDE Chandler Jones, DE Jermaine Cunningham, LB Ron Ninkovich, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Devin McCourty, CB Kyle Arrington, S Tavon Wilson, S Patrick Chung.
Jets offense: WR Stephen Hill, LT D’Brickshaw Ferguson, LG Matt Slauson, C Nick Mangold, RG Brandon Moore, RT Austin Howard, TE Dustin Keller, WR Jeremy Kerley, QB Mark Sanchez, FB John Connor, RB Shonn Greene.
Jets defense: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, NT Sione Po’uha, DT Mike DeVito, OLB Bryan Thomas, WLB Bart Scott, MLB David Harris, OLB Calvin Pace, CB Kyle Wilson, CB Antonio Cromartie, S LaRon Landry, S Yeremiah Bell.
Inactives (more coming)
Patriots: Steve Gregory (hip), Brandon Bolden (knee), Tracy White (foot).