Rather than repeat the depth chart for the Jets I will analyze what they have done since they lost to the Patriots and why I think the Jets are a real threat to beat the Patriots in Gillette. You cannot ignore the fact that the Patriots have beaten the Jets 13 straight times. This is the NFL, and streaks like that don’t happen often. The Patriots are more probable to lose this game.
The Jets are a good team, particularly on Defense. That front four will put pressure on Mac Jones. Our offensive line is not good enough to prevent that. Quinnen Williams is one of the most disruptive Defensive Tackles in the league. This isn’t just me talking but Bill Belichick compared him to Aaron Donald. The Jets put pressure on the QB with just the 4 down linemen allowing 7 to drop in coverage. Don’t be surprised to see some exotic blitzes from the Jets. That would be counter to any of the Patriots’ tendencies. CJ Mosely is a very instinctive Inside Linebacker. He was calling out the Patriots’ plays based on the Patriots’ formations before they were run. It was like he was in the huddle! The Jets’ secondary is very good and led by Sauce Gardner. The rookie from Cincinnati is a leading candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Jets’ defense may be the 1st team in NFL history to rank in the top 10 in scoring & total defense the season after ranking last in both.
Patriots Offensive Line
Having David Andrews back will help tremendously. Will the Patriots start Isaiah Wynn at Left Guard or will they give Cole Strange another shot? See the Answer below! The Patriots’ Offense coaching staff does not have enough imagination or skill to coach the various positions. Patricia is spending way too much time coaching the offense and not enough with the real problem, the offensive line.
The Patriots Schedule
The Patriots will not get the usual boost from having the bye week. The NY Jets were also given the same bye week. That is extremely unfair. They do get a home-field advantage. Looking forward to the second-half schedule, which is brutal and the worst in the league, they have 3 games in 12 days. Next week, at Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving, is very tough to win. They don’t get the boost of a mini bye of playing on Thursday because they play Buffalo on a Thursday at home. This stretch could make or break their season. It doesn’t get any easier with Las Vegas and Arizona on the road. Las Vegas is a Monday Night game that gives them 10 days off. Their final 3 games are Cincinnati and Miami at home and Buffalo on the road.
Zach Wilson Redemption
Don’t count on three interceptions thrown by Zach Wilson. When he has played clean, without turnovers, the Jets have won. In 4 of the Jets’ last 5 wins, Wilson has thrown no interceptions. Keep him clean and he can manage the game. They are 6-3 and beat the Buffalo Bills the week after the Patriots beat the Jets in the Meadowlands. That made the Patriots’ win that much more important and impressive. Wilson was 18 completions on 25 passes for 154 yards and a TD. The Jets only gave up 2 sacks. Don’t forget a roughing the passer penalty called back a pick-six by the Jets. That play turned the game completely around.
Jets Run Game
The wheels fell off the bus when the Jets lost Rookie RB Breece Hall the week before the Patriots game. Against the Bills, the Jets starter Michael Carter ran 12 times for 76 yards. Backup James Robinson, acquired from Jacksonville during the week of practice leading up to the Patriots game ran 13 times for 48 yards. They averaged a combined 4.96 yards per carry. The Jets’ offense was very balanced. The Jets were only 5 of 13 on 3r down but 2-2 on 4th down.
Patriots are in the last playoff spot
That’s great, but it’s unsustainable. The Patriots have actually played better than I thought they would. Mac Jones has been under constant pressure because of a porous offensive line and predictable play-calling. It’s conceivable the Patriots could lose all their remaining games. Las Vegas and Arizona are games they will likely win. I believe the Jets will beat the Patriots on Sunday.
Offensive line woes continue
It was reported today that Trent Brown was limited in practice today and Isaiah Wynn filled in at LT. That meant that Cole Strange was back at LG and Yodny Cajuste at RT.
Comings and Goings
Lil’Jordan Humphries has plummeted to earth. The surprise out of training camp was released from the Practice Squad this week. DeMarcus Mitchell missed practice on Wednesday due to Illness. It was also reported that Ty Montgomery isn’t coming back this season. He suffered a shoulder injury against Miami in the opening game and just had surgery on it.
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