TJP:How does the Patriots running game stack up against the Jets much improved run defense?
MF:Based on what we saw last time out, not very well. Stevan Ridley needs to become more consistent game-to-game, and I think this will end up being a draw for both teams. It all depends on how the Jets can stop Shane Vereen’s explosiveness, and I don’t see either side truly winning the battle on run defense or in the running game.
TJP:How do you see Aquib Talib being used in this one? Will he get Jeremy Kerley all day, do you think?
MF: Either that, or the Pats will put both Dennard and McCourty on him. We’ll see. I would rather have the McCourty/Dennard tandem, because Talib looked rusty last game in giving up eight receptions and getting burned a couple of times.
TJP:And finally, a prediction.
MF:I think the Patriots are going to win in another extremely close game, and I almost picked the Jets. Almost. I just didn’t have the stones to go through with it, largely because of what the Pats did to the Colts last week. The Pats aren’t going to have as easy of a time throwing it on the Jets, but Tom Brady should be able to get his and I feel much better about the Pats chances of stopping the Jets passing attack the second time around.
This game is probably going to end up being 30-27 and could easily swing either way depending on who makes that game-winning field goal.
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