After coming off an impressive win against the Indianapolis Colts, the New England Patriots head home to face their division rivals the New York Jets. However, these are not your Jets of seasons past. This year’s version of the Jets has the potential to go blow for blow with Tom Brady and the Patriots.
Everyone thought that the Jets season was doomed when the projected starting quarterback Geno Smith broke his jaw after fighting with another teammate during training camp. So far Ryan Fitzpatrick has put together a robust campaign to keep the starting job for the remainder of the season.
For the Jets to win this game, Fitzpatrick must continue not to make mistakes and get the passing game involved early in this contest. One advantage that the Jets have over the Patriots this season is that they have shutdown corner Darrelle Revis, who played for New England last season. Revis knows what type of package the Patriots wide receivers will run in Sunday’s big matchup.
Expect Bill Belichick to make the necessary adjustments for his wideouts to avoid occupying a residence on “Revis Island.” So far we have not seen the Patriots with their backs against the wall this season. I expect that to change this Sunday. I honestly thought that the Buffalo Bills had a shot at beating them in Week 2, however; the Bills are still not ready to contend for the AFC East just yet. The Bills suffered a 40-32 beatdown by the Patriots in Week 2.
The Jets may be the team that could dethrone the Pats in the division this season. They have the personnel to get after quarterback Tom Brady if they need to. If you can frustrate Brady and shut down the running game, then you have just defeated the Patriots. The Jets opponent, the New England Patriots must continue to play mistake free football if they want to remain undefeated this season.
At a moment’s notice, they can deliver the knockout punch that would cause them to win the ball game. If their defense can shut down Jets running back Chris Ivory and disrupt wideout Brandon Marshall, then they will win this game easily. My prediction for this contest is the Patriots will indeed be tested this Sunday, but I expect Bill Belichick to make the necessary second half adjustments that will cause them to remain undefeated.
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