Two bitter rivals headed in opposite directions will do battle Sunday afternoon in what is always a highly anticipated matchup. Rex Ryan and the Jets will travel to Foxboro to take on the powerhouse New England Patriots. Both squads were widely expected to battle throughout the season for the AFC East division title, although Buffalo’s surprising start, combined with the struggles of the Jets, are making that prediction look more and more unlikely.
New York is coming off an abysmal showing in all facets of the game last Sunday in Baltimore. Mark Sanchez looked about the calibre of a high school quarterback, and the heralded Jets defense has been one of the league’s worst through the first four weeks. If the Jets replicate that performance against Tom Brady and Wes Welker, it could be a blowout of epic proportions.
For New England, aside from a minor road bump to Buffalo in Week 3, they’ve looked every bit the part of the Super Bowl champs they are expected to be. Not only is New England one of the best teams in the game, they also defend home field exceptionally well. But taking on a very hungry Jets squad, led by an angry Rex Ryan, it will be interesting to see if the Patriots can match the intensity New York is expected to bring. Ryan vowed at the outset of season to exploit defenses with their brutal ground and pound running game strategy, although it’s been the polar opposite so far. Sanchez has been attempting many passes with minimal success, however look for the Jets to coach to re-visit his initial strategy and run the football on all downs on Sunday.
Jets vs. Patriots Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
New York Jets +9 (-120)
@ New England Patriots -9 (+100)
Over 49 (-110)
Under 49 (-110)
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Jets vs. Patriots Pick:
Expect this to be a heated encounter between two bitter rivals. The Jets know they should be higher in the standings, and are chomping at the bit to not only knock off the hated Patriots, but prove to the rest of the NFL they remain one of the game`s premier squads. After passing on an astounding 63 percent of their plays last week against Baltimore, Rex Ryan is reportedly fed up with such an approach and feels they can smash the Patriots with their running game. Although the tandem of Shonn Greene and LaDanian Tomlinson are currently only averaging 3.0 yards per carry, perhaps the weak, and depleted run defense of New England will be the perfect remedy for a struggling ground attack. Even better for New York is that they`re expected to receive star centre Nick Mangold back into the fold. He will be key in stopping Patriots` nose tackle Vince Wilfork, and providing the running backs with holes to expose.
Look for the Jets to have success in re-establishing their desire to run the football. New England will be without star linebacker Jarrod Mayo who is nursing a sprained MCL and is likely out several weeks. This should help both Greene and Tomlinson get their yards, and perhaps lead to opportunities for Sanchez to pass on New England`s league-worst secondary defending the aerial attack. However, if the Jets want to assure themselves a victory, they`ll have to somehow, some way, come up with a method at stopping Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Wes Welker. This trio has been wildly impressive four games into this season, but the Jets do have the weapons to limit their effectiveness. They proudly boast the NFL`s top secondary led by Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, and should be able to defend New England`s dominant attack and keep them in check. The Patriots are 2-10 in their past few seasons as home favourites of 9 or more points. Expect this trend to continue on Sunday as nine points against a capable opponent, and a talented divisional rival such as the New York Jets, is simply too good to pass up.