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It’s starting to become a routine, isn’t it?
If you count this season, four out of the past five years, there has been a Jets-Patriots game to decide who will have the inside track to the AFC East crown.
Of the three previous matchups, New England has taken two; both coming in the last two seasons.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Things have gotten ugly for the Jets when they play New England as of late.[/caption]
Do I think this year will be any different, you’re about to find out.
This game will come down to one thing for the Jets: can Mark Sanchez make plays down the field. Because if he can't, New York will not win this game. Period. End of discussion. The Patriots' secondary has been very suspect this season, and the stats prove that. New England is surrendering 289 yards-per-game and has allowed the quarterbacks they've faced to compile a 100.9 passer rating which is 5th and 6th worst in the league, respectively. If the Jets can connect with a few big plays down the field, they will have a chance in this game.
For New England, it's pretty simple. If they can be balanced on offense and get their no-huddle offense going, I don't think there is anything the Jets can do about it. During the second meeting between these two teams last year, the Patriots used up 6:51 of clock while going 84 yards on thirteen plays. Six of those plays were no-huddle, and the Jets had no answer for it. Also, the Patriots have to stop the run in order to avoid big plays down the field. If they allow Sanchez to get comfortable in the pocket, he has shown that he will be able to burn them. Sanchez has already completed 9 passes on throws of 20 or more yards, and has a 115.8 passer rating in those situations.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="365"] The Patriots' secondary has been vulnerable to the big play and the Jets will be looking to capitalize.[/caption]
My X-Factor for this game is going to be special teams. The Jets are only allowing 19.8 yards per kickoff return this season; good for second in the NFL, and to compound the issue for the Pats, they only average 20.3 yards per kickoff return, which is 27th in the league. If the Jets can force Tom Brady to go 80+ yards on drives on a regular basis, it will make things much tougher for the All-Pro quarterback.
I think this game will be a hard-fought contest. Both teams have too much on the line for it to not go that way. Although, that's what we said about the previous two match-ups, and everyone knows how those went. Look for the Jets to challenge New England's porous secondary and for the Patriots to go hurry-up on New York. While I do think this will be a one-possession game, I have the Pats coming out on top and getting to the top of the AFC East standings.
New England- 28 New York- 20
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Stat Line: 28/41, 328 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception – 90.3 QB Rating, 68.3 completion percentage
Season Stats: 116/218, 1,453 yards, 9 touchdowns, 7 interceptions – 74.6 QB Rating, 53.2 completion percentage
I’m starting to develop a love/hate relationship with this column. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about the Jets, I love participating in the Great Ongoing Quarterback...
These tweets got bad, really bad. For example…”@mark_sanchez UR FATHER SHOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN LUCKY THAT NIGHT. F*** THE 7/11 GUY WHO SHOULDA SOLD YA DAD CONDOMS BUT DIDNT” This one fella, @tjsokewl went off on Sanchez. He must’ve sent out nearly ten tweets with all sorts of racism and threats directed towards Marky Mark.
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