Tom Brady had this game circled on his calendar in early August. When the New England Patriots drive down the turnpike to take on the New York Jets September 19th, this could be a knock down drag out brawl of epic proportions.
The New England Patriots came out of the box on fire to start the 2010 NFL season. The Cincinnati Bengals came into the season as a team many were touting with NFL Playoff potential. Brady and the New England offense made the Cincinnati Bengals defense look like they were standing still.
A key to the New England Patriots offense is the return of Wes Welker, an important target for Tom Brady. Now the New England Patriots travel to New York to take on their chief AFC East rival. Tom Brady said when asked if he had watched the HBO show Hard Knocks: New York Jets, “Why would I. I hate the Jets.” It is a simple as that. Both teams hate each other.
Passing Attack of New England Patriots & New York Jets Miles Apart
The anemic New York Jets offense is their downfall. Mark Sanchez cannot move the ball period. Sanchez passed for two of the New York Jets six first downs and was not effective in the least against the Baltimore Ravens. Shonn Greene was also a disappointment for the New York Jets getting benched in the second half.
New New York Jets running back, LaDanian Tomlinson was not able to run between the tackles but ran well once outside the tackles. If these two running backs are ineffective it will make it impossible for Mark Sanchez to ever set up the play action pass. Sanchez will again be facing a gambling blitz by the New England Patriots because they will not fear his ability to get the ball down field.
Tom Brady’s ability under center is unmatched in the AFC East. Brady spreads the ball around and he has plenty of weapons to choose from. He can go up top to Randy Moss on a deep post route or he can go across the middle to Wes Welker or his new tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Moss will be matched up with Darrelle Revis and one thing can be sure, Tom Brady will not be afraid to throw to Revis side of the field. The other receiver who could see plenty of passes in this game is the opposite side of Moss. This might be third year New England Patriots receiver Justin Edelman or they may just put Welker out wide. The advantage in the passing attack is all New England Patriots.
New England Patriots Defense is Bend Don’t Break While New York Jets Defense is Just Break
Punishing, hard hitting and smothering are all words used to describe this New York Jets defense. The only reason the New York Jets had any chance in their game against the Baltimore Ravens was the New York Jets defense and the special teams. The one weakness is definitely the opposite side of Darrelle Revis. Rookie Kyle Wilson and Antonio Cromartie were burned early and often in their game against the Baltimore Ravens.
An aging team on defense over the last few years, the New England Patriots drafted 13 players in the 2010 NFL Draft, most of them defense. Brandon Spikes is now in the middle as a rookie joining standout linebacker, Jerod Mayo. Devin McCourty is a rookie cornerback on one side joining Darius Butler who is in his second year. The defensive edge is hands down the New York Jets over the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots vs New York Jets -2.5
Some old codgers in the NFL always say the same thing. A great defense like the New York Jets always beats a great offense like the New England Patriots. Unless the great defense has a horrible offense in their stable as the New York Jets do, then all bets are off.
The New England Patriots offense is hitting on all cylinders already and this game could be a one sided disaster. Brady is fired up and when he is on a mission things could get ugly. Take the New England Patriots -2.5 over the New York Jets and enjoy the show.
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