Here's one man's Week 2 NFL picks ...

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Pittsburgh at Tennessee (-5)



KIRK MINIHANE

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Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense will face the blitz-happy Jets on Sunday. (AP)Here are ten things worth keeping an eye on in Sunday’s much-anticipated clash between the Patriots and Jets at the new Meadowlands Stadium:



After former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi said Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was a front-runner and “tanks it” when his team gets down, New York coach Rex Ryan defended his quarterback.

“I respect the heck out of Tedy Bruschi, no question, but I think he would have a different opinion if he was here every day,” Ryan said in Thursday’s press conference.

Jets Practice Report for Thursday
Out

LB Calvin Pace (foot)

Limited Participation
S Brodney Pool (ankle)
CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring)

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice

OL Nick Kaczur (back)
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot)

Limited Participation
WR Julian Edelman (foot)

Full Participation
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

The New York Jets, already reeling from a season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens and injuries to Kris Jenkins and Calvin Pace, are monitoring the condition of their Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. 

 

FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, Terrence Wheatley and Nick Kaczur were the only players missing as the Patriots practice in full pads on the upper fields outside Gillette Stadium. 

 

And once again, music played over the speakers during the open portion of practice, with Public Enemy's "He Got Game" being played. 

 

The Patriots play the Jets Sunday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. ET at the New Meadowlands Stadium as they begin a stretch of three straight against AFC East rivals. 

 

Pat Chung's special-teams philosophy has brought a new era to New England. (AP)FOXBORO — A legalized, 40-yard fistfight.



Former Patriots great Rodney Harrison joined Dale & Holley to talk about this weekend's Pats game with the Jets and was asked for a prediction right off the bat. "I think the Patriots will win, definitely," Harrison said. "I'm really impressed with the defense, the youth and the speed. I'm watching the tape and I'm like, 'Wow, look how fast how these guys are.'"

 

FOXBORO -- Wes Welker admitted Thursday that he would love to be without the bulky brace on his left knee but that might be wishful thinking at this early point of the season. 

 

"We'll see where we're at," Welker said. "I'm definitely ready to get rid of it. We're definitely going to be cautious with it."