If you’re a Patriots fan, it’s almost impossible to get nostalgic about the Meadowlands.



Different uniforms, same defense.

The Patriots will be facing a stern test with the all-new Jets defense on Sunday, but when it comes to putting together an offensive game plan, there’s no need to start from scratch. Instead, they just need to call up some film of the great Baltimore defenses of the last few years.



FOXBORO — Jerod Mayo is the leader of the new school, the acknowledged chief of a younger generation of Patriots linebackers.



Tom Brady put his stamp on the 2009 season so quickly that he could get a job processing passports at Terminal E if this quarterbacking thing doesn’t work out.



KERRY BYRNE

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The worst thing about getting graded in the NFL for a player was not the report cards from the various media outlets. The worst thing was that each player would get graded from the coaches.



STEVE DEOSSIE

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The calendar says mid-September, but as far as the Jets are concerned, it’s looking more like the first weekend of February.



On a night when we learned that Tom Brady could still pull off the impossible (but may or may not be able to outrun Suzy Kolber) plenty of questions still linger regarding the 2009 Patriots.



KIRK MINIHANE

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FOXBORO — There was 5:32 left in the fourth quarter Monday night and the Patriots were down 24-13 to Buffalo when Tom Brady stepped into the huddle.

“We’re going to win this game,” the quarterback told his teammates.



Based on six-plus weeks of training camp and preseason, we can say with some certainty that we’ve learned a few truths about the 2009 Patriots even before they’ve kicked off the regular season.



 In any given week in the NFL there are approximately 2,000 plays run from scrimmage. On each one, 22 players move in a convoluted dance of finely orchestrated chaotic violence. Within every off-tackle run and each play-action pass there are individual matchups to be won and lost and snap decisions that have to be made.



PAUL FLANNERY

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