FOXBORO — In the AFC East, division wins are rare currency.

FOXBORO — When it comes to Joey Porter, the Patriots always know exactly where they stand.

FOXBORO — They are the men in black, the unsung heroes who play a bigger role in pregame preparations than most fans will ever know.

The Cold, Hard Football Facts, if they had emotion, would love Miami’s Wildcat offense.



There are a number of new faces playing for the Patriots this year, especially on defense. At about the halfway point in the season it is interesting to see how some of the young guys or new guys have worked out.



FOXBORO — For all the talk about the Miami’s vaunted Wildcat offense, it was special teams that sunk the Jets last week against the Dolphins, specifically Ted Ginn Jr.

Lots of Wildcat talk this week. Tons of it. People want to know how much Wildcat we’ll see from Miami on Sunday, how to stop it, and if the quarterback is fair game when he splits wide in a Wildcat formation.

If it were a movie, they would have billed the Wildcat offense as the feel-good hit of the 2008 season, a blockbuster no one saw coming.

As a player, Joe Andruzzi was a legendarily tough offensive lineman, someone who had to be dragged from the lineup. In his five seasons with the Patriots, he started 72 of a possible 80 regular-season games, including every game in each of New England’s three Super Bowl-winning seasons.

FOXBORO — It’s a rare event to see miscommunication between Tom Brady and Wes Welker.