TOJ Know Your Opponent: Week 6 v New England Patriots

Dalbin Osorio with a Know Your Opponent for the New England Patriots…

We’re back with this week’s edition of TOJ’s Know Your Opponent. The New York Jets head into week 6 at 3-2, and who comes to town? Ah, yes, the New England Patriots. Shall we begin? Welcome to Patriots Week.

Offense
QB: Tom Brady (Probable, shoulder strain in non-throwing arm)
RB: Dion Lewis
RB: James White
WR: Brandin Cooks
WR: Chris Hogan
TE: Rob Gronkowski (Probable, thigh bruise)
LT: Nate Solder
LG: Joe Thuney
C: David Andrews
RG: Shaquille Mason
RT: Marcus Cannon (Probable, ankle sprain)

By The Numbers
Despite all the gloom and doom coming out of Foxborough, Tom Brady has still been masterful and he leads the number one passing attack in the league (320.4 yards per game); new acquisition Brandin Cooks is 3rd on the team in targets, but first in total yards and second in yards per catch behind fellow newcomer Phillip Dorsett. Leading the team in targets is Chris Hogan and James White, with 37 and 35 targets respectively. Rob Gronkowski is averaging seven targets a game, while offseason acquisition Dwayne Allen has been virtually a non-factor this year. The running game is below average, as it is averaging 3.9 yards per carry, but the Pats have ran for 100+ yards in 3 of the first five games. The low yards per carry average coupled with the fact that Tom Brady is on pace to be sacked 52 times (which would be the most he’s ever been sacked) tells you all you need to know about how bad the offensive line has been through five games. Despite the offensive line and run game troubles, Brady and the Pats offense are averaging the fourth most net yards per drive (36.8) despite having an average starting field position worse than all but the bottom third of the league (own 27.7).

Defense
LDE: Lawrence Guy
DT: Alan Branch
DT: Malcolm Brown
RDE: Trey Flowers
SLB: Kyle Van Noy
MLB: Donta Hightower
WLB: Elandon Roberts
LCB: Malcolm Butler
FS: Devin McCourty
SS: Patrick Chung
RCB: Stephon Gilmore

By The Numbers
Through five games, this unit is almost historical in how bad they have been: whereas the passing offense has been legitimately incredible, the Patriots defense is 32nd in total yards and are allowing 447.2 yards per game. The defense has allowed the most first downs (123), passing yards (1615 yards), and average points per drive (2.39 points per drive). They’ve allowed 30+ points three times, and you know it is a bad sign when your free safety is your leading tackler. However, it is not all doom and gloom as the Patriots have gotten more sacks from Trey Flowers (3.5) than the Jets have gotten from Leonard Williams and Muhammed Wilkerson combined. Cassius Marsh, also, has more sacks than the aforementioned Jets duo combined, just as an FYI. Stephon Gilmore has been maddeningly inconsistent: against Mike Evans, he held the former A&M Aggie to 3 catches and no YAC, but then you see a game like Carolina where he’s getting spun around repeatedly down field. Malcolm Butler has been substantially worse, however, as he is currently allowing a QBR of 113.7 when he is targeted, according to PFF. The defense has, also, allowed 300+ passing yards in 4 of the first five games.

Special Teams
K: Stephen Gostkowski
P: Ryan Allen
KR: Dion Lewis
PR: Danny Amendola

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.