FOXBORO -- Rex Ryan spoke to the media following the Jets' 30-21 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. The Jets have now lost three straight games and stand two games behind the Patriots (and Bills) in the AFC East standings.

The Patriots scored 30 points and gained 446 yards of offense, but quarterback Tom Brady wasn't particularly pleased after his team's win over the Jets.

"I thought we could have done a lot better offensively," Brady said. "I thought we did a decent job at times, but we obviously left a lot of points out there."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick lauded his team's effort -- both during the week of practice leading up to the game and on Sunday -- that helped permit New England to claim a 30-21 victory over the Jets. Belichick suggested that there was evident progress in his team, especially on the defensive side, in earning the win against a key division rival.

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker set up a key touchdown with a 73-yard pass from Tom Brady on the first play of the second half while BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a pair of 3-yard touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards as the Patriots pulled away from the Jets, 30-21, Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium to improve to 4-1 on the season and capture their 19th straight regular-season home win. Welker, filling in for the injured Julian Edelman on punt returns, returned four punts for 54 yards.

FOXBORO -- Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been cleared to play and will be active for this afternoon's game against the Jets. The second-year tight end had missed the last two games since injuring his left knee against the Chargers in Week 2. Also returning to action after missing the last two weeks is nose tackle Albert Haynesworth. Back issues had sidelined him for games against the Bills and Raiders.

Patriots cornerback Ras-I Dowling tested his sore hip before the game and was cleared to play as was Leigh Bodden. 

Jets wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason have all gone to coach Rex Ryan to express their displeasure with the state of the New York offense and offensive coordinator Brian Scottenheimer, according to the New York Daily News. According to the story, all three "have individually gone to Rex Ryan in the past few weeks to question" Schottenheimer's system, despite the fact that the Jets have thrown the ball 62 percent of the time heading into Sunday's game against the Patriots.

The Patriots announced Saturday that safety Ross Ventrone has been signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad. To make room for Ventrone, the Patriots released defensive back Phillip Adams. Ventrone, 25, was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster prior to the Buffalo game and made his NFL debut against the Bills. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound safety was released from the 53-man roster last Saturday prior to the Oakland game and resigned to the practice squad on Oct. 4.

Upon the passing of Raiders owner Al Davis on Saturday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has issued a statement through the team: “While I am saddened by the news of Mr. Davis’ passing, I will forever be heartened and enriched by the many personal interactions I had with him over the years. His winning, his football knowledge, his passion for his team and contributions to the league made him one of the all-time greats.

Here are 10 matchups to keep an eye on in Sunday’s game between the Patriots and the Jets at Gillette Stadium:



FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Patrick Chung was docked $7,500 for his late hit Sunday on Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey while Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was fined $15,000 for a pair of personal fouls on the game's opening drive last week.

Seymour heaved Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to the ground after the whistle and was flagged 15 yards at the time. That drew a $7,500 fine as did his fasemask foul on BenJarvus Green-Ellis just moments later.

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