The New York Jets and New England Patriots conclude the regular season with a date in Foxborough at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots can lock in homefield advantage in the AFC with a win. A loss would open the door for the Steelers. The Steelers are going to need a prayer and hope that the Pats fall against the Jets. New England are currently 15-point favorites so the chances of them slipping up against the Jets are slim.
The Jets nearly upset the Patriots in their first meeting, but they had a close call go against them, essentially ruining their upset bid. Instead of a touchdown, the officials called a touchback due to a bobbled ball going into the end zone. The call could have gone either way, and the Patriots were on the fortunate side. They were on the fortunate side of another call this past week in Buffalo.
The Jets are coming off a 14-7 loss to the Chargers. It made for their third loss in a row. They put forth a decent effort, but the offense was stagnant. Just a little bit of offense would have won the game for them. All things considered, the Jets at 5-10 isn’t the worst scenario, I suppose. They were going into the regular season expected to be a 3 or 4-win team, so I guess if you look at it like that, it wasn’t so bad? They also came close against some good teams. I’m trying to help you out here Todd Bowles. Bowles’ contract was just extended, along with GM Mike Maccagnan.
The Jets need to get a quarterback in there who can play football. Then from there, plug in pieces around him. No, Sam Darnold is not the answer. The Hackenberg experiment hasn’t gone so well, and Darnold reminds me of Hackenberg. Beyond the mistakes he made on the field this season, Darnold didn’t come off as a leader or anything of the sort.
The Jets are going with Bryce Petty in this one, another failed quarterback experiment. The former Baylor product put up big numbers in college, but it hasn’t translated to the pro game. He’s another Big-12 quarterback that I can call out. Petty is playing for his future with the Jets, and possibly his career. He’s started the last two games and it hasn’t been the best. Head below for our free Jets vs. Patriots pick.
N.Y. Jets vs. New England Patriots Betting Odds:
vs. Patriots -15(-110)
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Jets vs. Patriots Pick:
The Chargers had no problems shutting Petty down last week. He passed for no touchdowns with an interception and just 119 yards passing. In the previous week, Petty passed for 179 yards with a touchdown and 2 interceptions. In total, Petty has passed for a 47.4% completion percentage with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. I really don’t think this game is going to save Petty one way or the other. He’s had other opportunities before this season, and he is having trouble with the speed in the NFL. I think it could be a foregone conclusion that Petty’s time is running out in the league.
Petty will take on Tom Brady, which on paper, looks like one of the biggest mismatches you’ll see in football. Brady has been exceling again in 2017, as he enters with 30 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. The Patriots are coming off a 37-16 win over Buffalo at home. Any suggestion that the Bills were going to get revenge on the Patriots didn’t go so well. There was also no letdown after they defeated the Steelers in a bit of a crazy one the week before. Belichick had them focused and ready to go for Buffalo.
Belichick is a master at exploiting inexperienced quarterbacks. He is capable of making quarterbacks who have issues reading coverages run into a lot of trouble. Get them frustrated early, and the cards coming tumbling down. Petty is a quarterback who if he loses confidence can look really ugly out there. The Patriots may be ranked at the bottom in yards allowed, but they’ve allowed 17 or less in nine of their last eleven games. They’ve always been a defense who bends but doesn’t break. They beat the Steelers like that a couple of weeks ago, and won a Super Bowl because of their opportunistic ways. We often talk about how potent the Patriots’ offense is, but this game will be won by suffocating Petty. Look for him to make plenty of mistakes, giving the Pats’ prime field position all game long. It’s a lot of points, but I can see them covering the 15.
PICK: PATRIOTS -15 (-110)