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Less than a year ago, the Patriots were busy preparing for their first of two regular-season meetings with the Jets. In 2013, they’ll be done with their rival by Week 7.
The occasionally quirky NFL schedule will see the Patriots complete their AFC East series with the Jets before they even play the Dolphins once. New England beat New York on Sept. 12 in the home opener, 13-10; Sunday’s 1 p.m. game will be at MetLife Stadium, where the Patriots knocked off the Jets each of the last two seasons, including a 49-19 blowout last year on Thanksgiving night.
There have been five straight wins overall by the Patriots over the Jets, and 13 straight victories against AFC East opponents. Talent obviously plays a big part in that success, but familiarity helps, too.