New York Jets vs. New England Patriots: Keys to Victory

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) makes a pass under pressure by New York Jets inside linebacker DeMario Davis (56) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Here we go again, Jets fans. The Road to MetLife Stadium continues, against our old friends. It’s round two of everyone’s favorite rivalry, as Geno and the New York Jets take on Tom, Bill and the rest of the New England Patriots from MetLife Stadium.

The Jets are coming off the loss last week here at home to Pittsburgh, while the Patriots are riding high on last week’s heroics to beat the Saints with just five seconds remaining in the game. In Tom, they will always trust.

This still isn’t the same Patriots team that we have seen in the past, despite the record. We saw that the Jets had a real shot to win the game in Foxboro earlier this year.

It looks like Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play on Sunday as well. He hasn’t played yet in 2013, but we know how big of a threat he has been to the Jets in the past. Well, it looks like Kyle Wilson will be OK (nervous smile).

Here are some keys to victory on Sunday:

NO FREE PASSES TO THE GRONK: This goes for any receiver in the opposing color, but especially for Gronkowski. I don’t care if he is just in for obvious passing downs, or more often. He must be hit early, and he must be hit often. The guy is as strong as anybody, and runs like a deer, which is about as lethal of a combination you can have with a tight end.

The same treatment worked when it came to Tony Gonzalez two weeks ago. Yes, Gonzalez recorded receptions. However, he never got in the endzone. Why? Because the Jets mugged him every time they were hear it. That’s what the Jets have to do. Get on him and level him every single time.

RUN THAT FOOTBALL: Marty, I know it’s against your religion to run the ball, but you are going to have to do it this week. For the first time in a while, the Patriots are actually tougher against the pass than they are against the run on defense.

The Patriots are ranked 18th in the league, giving up over 118 yards per game, and over four yards per carry with 4.2. The Jets are running the ball at a 4.1 yards per carry clip. When given the opportunity, this line is getting the job done, and the holes will be there.

Vince Wilfork and Jerrod Mayo are gone. Talk about houses! Those are two houses that have been removed as obstacles to running the football against this team. Having these two guys out is a big break for the New York Jets. It’s prime time for them to take advantage of it.

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