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Patriots get win No. 8

Patriots beat the Jets and now look towards Vikings

Patriots went into the New Jersey Meadowlands and beat their AFC East division rival the New York Jets.

Their season has propelled them to eight wins on the year and they are one of the competitors this year for the AFC Championship.

The Jets remain at the bottom of the division at 3-8. The Patriots next game is at home against Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings. A 1pm start time for this week on the road against the Jets was something different for the Patriots.

Before the bye they were playing late games from Monday Night and Sunday Night Primetimes.

Belichick knew something had to change while they had a week off and coming off that terrible loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The one big change that came this week was the return on All-Pro Tight End Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski.

After practice on Friday, Gronk was asked about his return to the team this week, he answered “Definitely ready to get back there. I’m good to go”.

It had been 27 days since the offense had Gronk as a weapon.

Belichick knew something had to change … coming off that terrible loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Gronk also told reporters “I had a lot of good people to work hard with, do exercises, get everything back right and just keep on grinding every day so I can get back out there with my teammates. And that’s what it will be on Sunday.”

Gronk finished the game with three catches for a total of 56 yards and one touchdown. The man running the offense was the one and the only Tom Brady, before the game Brady was questionable with a knee injury and an illness.

Patriots fans knew that Brady would start this game, he never gives up his starting position just because he has an illness.

Brady threw for 31 and had 20 completions. He also threw two touchdowns in the win and had zero interceptions.

Next week the Patriots are home against the NFC West Minnesota Vikings, led by Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins.

This is the first year for Cousins who signed a contract deal with the Vikings coming from the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings defense is scary and is known to be tough at home, but that’s not the case this coming week.

It’s a 4:25pm start time at Gillette Stadium. New England will have the fans on their side and will be inching closer to another playoff and hopefully another Super Bowl ring.