The New York Jets fell right into the trap game, and were beaten by the previously winless Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday 19-6. No rest for the weary, as they now welcome Tom Brady and the New England Patriots into MetLife for a game with huge division implications. The Jets need a win to go to 2-1 in the division and keep any chance they have of winning it this year alive. A sweep for the hated Patriots will put the Jets essentially 4 games back of them with 9 left to play, and will force the Jets to need to finish with an outright better record than New England in order to win the division and secure a home playoff game. Let’s become reacquainted with the New York Jets rival in Week 7’s version of Know Your Opponent
Week 7: New England Patriots, 5-1 last week: win vs New Orleans (30-27)
2013 Offensive Rankings: 22nd in Points Per game (20.8), 15th in total yards (348.3 per game), 19th in passing yards (228.3), 6th in passing attempts (39.3 per game), 16th in passing touchdowns (8), 9th in interceptions thrown (4), 28th in yards gained per attempt (5.4), 10th in rushing yards (120.5 per game), 10th in rushing attempts (29.1 per game), 21st in rushing touchdowns (3), 16th in yards per carry (4.1), 27 of their 78 drives have ended with a score (34.6%), 8 of their 78 drives have ended in a turnover (9%), average 5.7 plays and two minutes and 22 seconds per drive.
Overview: This team begins and ends with Tom Brady, who is in the midst of a sub par (by his standards) season. Brady is completing 56.9% of his passes and has only thrown for 300+ yards once this season (a week 4 win against Atlanta.) Julian Edelman is the team’s leading receiver, with 41 catches for 411 yards. He is followed by Kenbrell Thompkins, who has 21 catches for 318 yards, and 4 touchdowns. The Patriots have leaned on the run more this year than in previous years, and the prime beneficiaries have been Steven Ridley (270 yards) and LeGarette Blount (215 yards). During their win last week against New Orleans, the Patriots rushed for 141 yards. The 141 yards were their 3rd highest output of the season. The offensive line has allowed Brady to be sacked 16 times so far this season; that’s once every 14 passes.
Running Back Legarette Blount (53 carries, 215 yards, 1 TD)
Wide Receiver Danny Amendola (16 catches, 159 yards)
Wide Receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (21 catches, 318 yards, 4 TDs)
Wide Receiver Aaron Dobson (19 catches, 230 yards, 1 TD)
Wide Receiver Wes Welker
Tight End Aaron Hernandez
Wide Receiver Danny Amendola (Doubtful)
Tight End Rob Gronkowski (Questionable)
Running Back Shane Vereen (IR)
Center Dan Connolly (Questionable)
2013 Defensive Rankings: 4th in points allowed (16.1 per game), 14th in yards allowed (347.6 per game), 13th in passing defense (228.8 per game), 6th in passing touchdowns allowed (6), 24th in rushing defense (118.3 per game), 22nd in yards per carry allowed (4.2), 9th in rushing touchdowns allowed (3), and 10th in turnovers forced (12).
Overview: The Patriots pass defense has transitioned into a strength for them this year, and it really started last year after the acquisition of Cornerback Aqib Talib. Talib is the most talented player on the Patriots defense, and he leads the team with four interceptions. Linebacker Jerod Mayo leads the team in tackles with 35, and Chandler Jones leads the team in sacks with 4.5. Kyle Arrington (PFF’s 17th rated slot corner in regards to yards per coverage snap) and Devin McCourty have both forced two fumbles. Arrington and Alfonso Dennard both have five passes deflected. As a team, the Patriots have 12.5 sacks.
Strong Safety Adrian Wilson
Linebacker Jamie Collins
Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly
Defensive Tackle Kyle Love
Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork (IR)
Defensive Tackle Tommy Kelly (Questionable)
Cornerback Aqib Talib (Questionable)
Linebacker Jerod Mayo (IR)
Strong Safety Adrian Wilson (IR)
LeGarette Blount and Devin McCourty have split the time as the Patriots kick returners, and are averaging 22.5 and 24.7 yards per return respectively. Julian Edelman is the team’s primary punt returner, and he is averaging 10.9 yards per punt return. Stephen Gostkowski is 16 of 17 on the year on field goals and 11 of 11 on extra points. Ryan Allen is averaging 45.6 yards per punt.
The Patriots lead the all-time series 54-52-1, including a Week 2 win this year in New England 13-10. The Patriots have won the last 5 meetings.
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