The 9-5 New York Jets take on the 12-2 New England Patriots at MetLife today, in New York’s biggest game of the season. The Jets are riding high on a 4 game winning streak and need a win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Let’s take a look at what the Jets need to snag their 5th straight win:
Offense- Ryan Fitzpatrick is having the best season of his career. He will look to continue that today against a Patriots defense that is allowing and average of 230 passing yards a game. This defense puts Chan Gailey in a tough spot. For the last month and a half, the Jets offense has leaned on the passing game and the team is riding high. However, against the Patriots, the Jets need to keep Tom Brady off the field. Look for the Jets to balance it out as much as possible. Bilal Powell has emerged as a legitimate weapon since his return from injury. Look for him to both take snaps in the backfield and in the passing game as well. In the last few games, Powell has been open for some big gains. The Patriots have been hampered by injuries this season and will be without Devin McCourty. The Jets need to take advantage against this Patriots defense. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker improve week after week, look for the duo to have a nice game today
Defense- Okay folks, this is all about one thing – PRESSURE. The Jets must be able to pressure Tom Brady without sending additional resources. Muhammed Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Leonard Williams and company must be in Brady’s face all game long. This defense is allowing around 240 passing yards a game but has improved in the last few weeks. The Patriots will be without Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in today’s game. Patriots signed Steven Jackson this week due to injuries at the RB spot. It is going to be very simple today, stop Brady. Be in his face all game long and make him uncomfortable. Rob Gronkowski is going to be hard to stop. Do not let him get behind the secondary, keep him in front of you all game long. The last time these two teams met, Calvin Pryor was hurt in the 4th quarter and Gronkowski was able to make some huge plays.
Prediction- This is a must win game today, Jets fans. MetLife needs to be loud all game long and I am hoping the fans are in their seats early. I believe this is going to be a close game and the key is to pressure Brady but also keep him off the field. I believe the Jets are able to do that and get huge win today.
Jets 28 – Patriots 21