TOJ’s Know Your Opponent: Week 2 v New England Patriots

We all know this team.  We all hate this team.  But this team is not Tom Brady’s Patriots anymore.

Coaching- Bill Bellicheck has been at the top of  the game for 20 years. He still runs the defense for the Pats and that unit is always well coached and aggressive. Josh McDaniels runs the offense and, while he has the reputation for being a good offensive mind, his non-Tom Brady offenses have not been good at all.

Offense: Mac Jones was efficient in his debut and is an accurate QB, but he is still a rookie making his first road start.  The Patriots OL is excellent: Isaiah Wynn is one of the better LTs in the game and both Shaq Mason and Michael Onwenhu are ass-kickers at guard.  Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith are good tight ends and Damien Harris is a solid running back, but this offense really lacks the playmakers to make explosive plays.

Defense: Even without Stephon Gilmore, this defense is very good.  After opting out of 2020 Dont’a Hightower is back and he is still one of the best linebackers in the game.  The Patriots have the most edge talent  they have had in years  with a solid veteran in Matt Judon and exciting ascending players like Josh Uche and Chase Winnovich.  JC Jackson is a ball hawking corner who Zach Wilson should avoid targeting as much as possible.

Weaknesses- Due to the Stephon Gilmore injury, Jalen Mills has to start and he is terrible.  Zach Wilson’s favorite target should be whoever Mills has to cover on the given play.  Mac Jones is a rookie making his first road start so he is going to make mistakes. With Trent Brown out, the Jets’ DL has the ability to really pressure Mac and force a couple of turnovers.

Matchup- Seeing how bad the Jets OL played in week 1 this Pats defense should scare you, especially with no Mekhi Becton.  Belicheck is the best in the league at designing creeper pressures and stunts and that can really destroy an OL who has massive communication issues.  The Jets corners were frisky week 1 and I do not think the Pats have the WRs or the QB who can really take advantage of this inexperienced group. The Pats want to run the ball and that plays into the Jets strength with their DL.  Bill Belicheck has a great record against rookie QB’s at 21-6 but he is only 8-6 vs. them on the road  so I think if Zach continues his play from last week this team can score points.

Prediction: Patriots 20 Jets 16. I do not think the Patriots offense can make explosive plays and can blow teams out.  I think the Jets keep it close but ultimately the OL lets them down again and the Pats win a close back and forth game.

TOJ Roundtable: Which AFC East Player Would You Want On The New York Jets?

In this installment of the TOJ weekly roundtable, the TOJ writers consider the question: which player from another AFC East team would you add to the Jets? For this exercise QBs were not included because Josh Allen would be the obvious answer (for some, but not DA).

 

James Kuntz: If I could add any AFC East player to the Jets to make them a playoff team in 2021, I would add Patriots Offensive Tackle Michael Onwenu. A 2020 6th round pick, Onwenu greatly outperformed his draft selection last season and was as good as any rookie offensive lineman not named Tristan Wirfs. Pairing Onwenu with Mekhi Becton would create one of the most intimidating offensive tackle duos in the NFL.

Stephen Zantz: James going offensive line shows he’s wise beyond his years, but the Jets are in desperate need of cornerback help. If I could steal away any player in the AFC East, the no-brainer to me would be Xavien Howard. Howard is a top 5 lockdown corner in the NFL. He would be the closest thing to Darrelle Revis this franchise has seen since his initial 2013 departure. Adding Howard would allow Bryce Hall to slot into the #2 CB role where he is better suited due to his lack of experience. This would be a game changer for the Jets.

Dylan Price: Zantz, you beautiful man! I couldn’t agree more: the Jets have lacked a dominant number one corner since the Revis Island days. Adding Howard would give the Jets a legitimate ballhawk at corner. Howard put up 10 INTs last season and opposing passers had a 51.5 completion percentage against him. Howard would not only be a massive addition to the secondary, immediately slotting in as CB1, but he would also transform the entire defense. He’d open things up for the young guys to rotate, allow more time for the pass rush to develop and force turnovers, all elevating the Jets defensive standard of play, potentially to a playoff level. 

Michael Meegan:  I too went with a corner, but not the one TOJ Live’s standard-bearer and the author of Dylan’s Dimes Presented by DraftSZN chose. The AFC East is a very talented division with many choices but I decided to opt for who I believe is the 3rd best corner in the NFL: Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills. Technically sound in every area and scheme versatile, White is everything you want in a modern-day NFL corner. He instantly gives a boost to the Jets current corner room, which is probably the worst in the NFL as we speak. With White, you could feasibly overcome the loss of Car Lawson and have a defense that’s in the top half of the league. 

Will Parkinson: All defense and not a single offensive skill player? That sounds like All Gas, No Takes from my colleagues. This may come as a surprise to some people but I think a player that would help the Jets improve in a major way is Jonnu Smith of the New England Patriots. Smith was a guy that was heavily linked to the Jets this offseason: the way the Jets’ tight end room looks right now, Smith would add another dynamic to this offense that would make them very dangerous. Smith is bound for a big year with the Patriots and a Jets offense with Moore, Davis, Carter, Johnson, Smith, Mims, and Crowder coupled with the way Zach Wilson looks early this preseason, the Jets would have an even more enticing offense to watch in 2021.

Joe Belic: I love Will’s choice, and think corner is absolutely a sound choice, but James’s choice proves he’s the second wisest ut of all of us despite his age. I believe the Jets are more than a player away from becoming a playoff team, but adding another OL to the unit could potentially push them into the mix for that coveted 7th spot. Shaq Mason would be a huge upgrade over Greg Van Roten and help solidify an OL that will need to get this rush game going if they expect to have any chance at the postseason. While I love what I’ve seen from Zach Wilson so far, they’ll need to establish the run to help take the burden off his shoulders and open up the play-action game and this outside zone boot-style offense. 

 

 

Episode 486 – Chronicles of Nania: Should Jets Fans Be Worried About Darnold & Gase?

Scott Mason talks to Michael Nania for the “Chronicles of Nania” with a fascinating look at some eye-catching stats surrounding the New York Jets’ QB Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase!

Episode 486 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Michael Nania for the “Chronicles of Nania” with a fascinating look at some eye-catching stats surrounding the New York Jets’ QB Sam Darnold and head coach Adam Gase!

Michael goes inside the numbers like only he can to break down:

-The historical context of Sam Darnold’s terrible performance against New England

-How Darnold and other QBs have performed against the 2019 New England Defense and what it means

-The numbers on Adam Gase’s coaching career and whether or not they reveal more about the Jets’ head coach than many people realize

-Which recent moves Mike Maccagnan may have actually been proven right about

And much more!

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Episode 483 – Jets vs Patriots Pre-Game Report w/Chris Nimbley & Dr. Steven Stoller

Scott Mason talks to Chris Nimbley of Jetsinsider.com to break down the latest news surrounding the New York Jets and discuss the keys to their week 7 matchup against the New England Patriots and Dr. Steven Stoller drops by to discuss the injury report!

Episode 483 of “Play Like A Jet” is here! Subscribe on iTunes or check out the audio below. Scott Mason talks to Chris Nimbley of Jetsinsider.com to break down the latest news surrounding the New York Jets and discuss the keys to their week 7 matchup against the New England Patriots and Dr. Steven Stoller drops by to discuss the injury report!

First, Chris talks about the bizarre Kelechi Osemele situation before getting into the keys to the game including the performance of Sam Darnold, taking advantage of injuries to players on the Patriots’ offense, finding a way to outmaneuver Bill Belichick, and more!

Then Dr. Stoller gives us an in-depth dissection of the Jets’ injury report including some very insightful thoughts on the Osemele injury and the ensuing controversy!

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Know Your Foe Preview: Scouting the New England Patriots’ Offseason

Michael Nania with an overview of the New England Patriots offseason and projections for their 2018 season…

Coming this regular season, I will be hosting a weekly podcast centered around the dissection of the New York Jets’ opponent each week; featuring guests from the opposing perspective, in-depth looks into opposing teams’ strengths and weaknesses on film, compelling statistical nuggets, matchups to watch out for, and plenty more! To preview the show, each week leading up to the season I’ll recap the offseason of one of the Jets’ opponents; this week, we look at the rival New England Patriots.

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Author: Michael Nania

You can follow me on Twitter @Michael_Nania. I'll be hosting the weekly Jets opponent preview podcast, Know Your Foe, starting with the 2018 regular season. I've been writing for Turn On The Jets since January 2018, and you can also check out more of my work on the Jets over at Gang Green Nation.

NFL Draft 2018 – AFC East Draft Grades & Analysis

The 2018 NFL Draft has come to an end. The Jets found their franchise quarterback; but how did the rest of the AFC East fare? Daniel Mosher breaks down the division.

With the 2018 NFL Draft in the books, Daniel Mosher breaks down how the weekend’s selections will impact the AFC East. 

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AFC East Digest – Jets/Patriots Featuring Mike Dussault Of Pats Propaganda

Joe Caporoso of Turn On The Jets and Mike Dussault of Pats Propaganda talk New York Jets and New England Patriots…

A conversation with our good friend Mike Dussault of Pats Propaganda previewing the New York Jets and New England Patriots for 2015. Make sure to give Mike a follow!

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Why The New York Jets Jets Need To Trade for Andre Johnson

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio breaks down why the New York Jets should trade for Andre Johnson

Now that the dust has settled on the NFL Draft and the Jets have begun to sign their rookies, attention has turned to rookie mini-camps and who has a realistic shot at making the 53 man roster. Personally, I was very pleased with the draft haul; Mike O’Connor’s breakdown on Dexter McDougle, Connor Rogers’s breakdown of Calvin Pryor, and the selection of first round talent Jace Amaro in the second have left me feeling downright giddy.

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New York Jets vs. New England Patriots – Halftime Report

The New England Patriots have brought a healthy Rob Gronkowski and a banged up defense to Metlife Stadium this week to face the Jets. Fortunately for the Patriots, their rock solid offensive performance is hiding a defense filled with back up players. On the other end, Geno Smith and the Jets have played well enough to hang around besides a brutal pick six in the first quarter. Let’s take a look at the first half highlights. Continue reading “New York Jets vs. New England Patriots – Halftime Report”

New York Jets – Thoughts On Home Field Advantage

Dan Marcus with thoughts on the New York Jets lack of a home field advantage

Alright Jets fans, it’s time to address something that has been bugging me for quite some time and finally came to a head last week. For the longest time, I heard that the Jets lacked a real “home field advantage” because they were playing in someone else’s building with bearing the name “Giants Stadium.” Naturally when the Jets moved across the parking lot to the giant gray slinky now known as Metlife Stadium, one would think that things would presumably be different. In the inaugural season of then “New Meadowlands Stadium,” the Jets brass were playing the “this is our house” mantra up to the “nth” degree and sure the the first Monday night game against the Ravens and the match-up against the Patriots the subsequent week were pretty full and reasonably loud but things have been on a precipitous decline ever since.

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