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Brady rushing TD sends Pats on their way

9/22/2003
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FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) -- New England Patriots players are going
down as quickly as the New York Jets' season.

For the third straight game, the Patriots lost a key defender
and the Jets lost a close contest as New England won 23-16 Sunday.

Question on the Jets: Is Curtis Martin done or is his lack of production due to seeing eight men in the box?
Martin's lack of production is due in large part to his age (30) and the amount of carries (2,644). That combination will limit Martin from being a back with the potential to rush for 120+ yards.

Question on the Patriots: How much will the loss of Rosevelt Colvin hurt the Pats?
The loss of Colvin will definitely hurt the Patriots. His presence enabled the Pats to utilize four-linebacker sets and now they'll have to go back to three-linebacker sets.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Tom Brady never missed a play after hurting his right elbow with
5:45 left in the second quarter. He ran for a 1-yard touchdown late
in the third quarter to break a 9-9 tie.

But in the first quarter, nose tackle Ted Washington fractured
his leg and wide receiver David Patten hurt his right leg. Neither
returned.

"We don't ask, 'Why us?" linebacker Tedy Bruschi said. "We
deal with what is happening, no matter who's in there."

Washington is expected to miss "a couple of weeks," coach Bill
Belichick said. It is not known how long Patten will be out.

The Patriots (2-1) already were without two starting linebackers
-- Ted Johnson, who broke his left foot in the first game, and
Rosevelt Colvin, who broke his left hip in the second and is
expected to miss the season. And they released safety Lawyer Milloy
before the first game.

Cornerback Ty Law rolled his ankle late in the first half but
returned.

"We're already down in numbers as it is," Law said. "As long
as I can run, even if I'm not full speed, my presence is important
out there."

The Jets (0-3) lost to Washington 16-13 on a field goal with 5
seconds left, then fell to Miami 21-10 before Sunday's seven-point
loss.

"It's a sickening feeling," quarterback Vinny Testaverde said.
"Losing like this is worse because you were in all three games."

The Jets were without two key players -- quarterback Chad
Pennington with a dislocated wrist and cornerback Donnie Abraham
with a broken shoulder.

Abraham's replacement, Ray Mickens, was called for pass
interference in the end zone one play before Brady scored. And
Pennington's replacement, Testaverde, threw an interception that
Asante Samuel returned 55 yards for a touchdown 11 seconds into the
fourth quarter.

"I knew Vinny was going to (Wayne) Chrebet because that's his
main guy," Samuel said.

The Jets came right back on Testaverde's 29-yard scoring pass to
Chrebet less than two minutes later, but came no closer as they
converted just one of 13 third-down opportunities.

"It was a character drive," Testaverde said. "We felt like we
had momentum but then we can't go out and repeat it."

The Patriots broke a five-game home losing streak against the
Jets.

"We can put that little curse behind us," Law said. "I'm sure
the Jets will bounce back like they did last year."

The Patriots won at the Meadowlands 44-7 in the second game last
year, then lost at home 30-7 in the 15th game and missed the
playoffs on the final weekend.

On Sunday, Adam Vinatieri and Doug Brien kicked three field
goals each before Brady's touchdown run. He took it in himself when
he saw his receivers were covered.

"Drop back, look, first guy, second guy, third guy, then it's
just, oh, get going," Brady said.

He re-entered the game after he was sacked by linebacker Sam
Cowart and fumbled. Larry Centers recovered for the Patriots, and
Brady, whose helmet was knocked off on the play, left clutching his
right elbow.

"I rushed in and jumped over the blocker," Cowart said. "I
was surprised to see him still holding the ball."

Brady said he was fine and then, aware of Belichick's reluctance
to share injury information, said with a smile, "keep asking,
you'll keep getting that same answer."

Testaverde started his third game for Pennington and moved into
eighth place on the NFL career list with 40,300 yards passing. His
264 yards Sunday moved him past Johnny Unitas' 40,239. Joe Montana
is seventh with 40,551.

The Jets managed just 65 yards on 17 carries. They had 21 yards
rushing against Miami. Curtis Martin ran for 53 yards Sunday after
entering the game with only 80.

"It's almost there but we're still not doing enough to help the
team win," Martin said.

Trailing 6-3 with the ball at the Patriots 16-yard line, the
Jets set up for a field goal but faked and Kevin Mawae dropped Dan
Stryzinski's pass.

"I am trying to get something going," coach Herman Edwards
said. "I am trying to score touchdowns."<
^Notes:@The Jets started at 1-3 last year but won the AFC East on a
tiebreaker with a 9-7 record. ... New York outgained New England
329-294 and sacked Brady five times. Testaverde wasn't sacked. ...
The Patriots ran for 147 yards. The Jets have allowed 164.7 yards
rushing per game.