The New York Jets have a huge opportunity to make a statement with a win over the New England Patriots in Week 6 action. Here are the top three reasons why they will stun the football world and beat the Patriots.
It’s been quite a mind-boggling NFL year so far having been just over a quarter of the way done with the season. The New York Jets are set to battle it out with the New England Patriots this weekend for first place in the AFC East, while the New York Giants have all but admitted defeat. Can things get any wackier?
Well yes, they can.
The Jets have a solid opportunity at taking control of the AFC East this weekend with a division matchup that is always circled on the calendar. While Gang Green continues to get overlooked in the power rankings, a win this Sunday against the reigning Super Bowl champs would be quite the statement. But how can they do it?
There are plenty of reasons to assume that the Jets don’t stand a chance this weekend, especially with how they played last week against the league’s worst team: Cleveland. But a new week in the NFL results in each team reformulating their mindset, and the Jets have displayed that efficiently this season by winning three straight after dropping two to kick off the year.
So while all of the power rankings and Vegas sports books will continue to predict the Jets falling short in this week’s tilt, we’re here to argue the call. Here are the top three reasons why the Jets have a legitimate shot at beating New England in Week 6.
Next: 3. Patriots defense softer than a Versace t-shirt
3. Patriots defense softer than a Versace t-shirt
While the Jets offense hasn’t been stellar by any means so far this season, they should have an easy go against a Patriots defense that currently ranks last in the league in yards allowed per game.
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The Patriots have been blown apart by opposing offenses all year long, allowing a league-high 447.2 yards per game, about 50 more than the next closest team. They have also allowed the second highest amount of points per game with an average of 28.4 through five weeks of the season. Ouch.
The Jets, unfortunately, are not one of the leagues highest scoring offenses (surprisingly, I know), but they should be able to see some success on that side of the football. While it took them some time to get the offensive ball rolling last week against Cleveland, they will likely improvise their game plan this week to prevent any similar struggles. I could see this being a high scoring game if Josh McCown is able to sync up with his receiver’s quickly.
Next: 2. Tom Brady not 100%
2. Tom Brady not 100%
It was just announced on Tuesday afternoon that Tom Brady was going to suit up for Sunday’s divisional tilt at the Meadowlands. Brady reportedly has an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder, which kept him out of practice early in the week.
The Patriots will likely be cautious with their franchise quarterback in that aspect. They will most likely look to solidify a strong running game early on as Brady will look to avoid his usual 40 or so pass attempts.
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The Jets can take advantage of this with ease. With Kony Ealy hopefully returning to action, Demario Davis having a career year, and rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye continuing to prove their worth, the Jets could have a field day against a banged-up Brady if executed correctly.
Next: 1. Tank canceled
1. Tank canceled
Now with more wins than most projected the Jets to have throughout the entire season, it’s easy to say that the “tank” is dead. And while it really may have never been alive, the Jets have been eager to prove the analysts wrong week after week.
They have remained competitive in each and every game this season, not allowing teams to completely roll them over in any sense. And while the Patriots have a history of being the team to do just that to the Green & White, things may turn out differently this week.
The Jets have fought tough battles all throughout this year, putting up points against a (previously) dominant Raiders team, and withstanding the Jaguars defense, which some are referring to as the best in the NFL to date.
The Patriots, on the other hand, have found themselves in quite a few close games this season. Actually, their last three games have all been decided in the midst of the closing moments, something that should ring a bell in the ears of Jets fans. The Jets have been solid in closing out games this season, even if they tend to put themselves in those sticky situations anyway.
With such a historic and heated rivalry paving the way for the first place in the AFC East, expect the Jets to be laser-focused, especially at MetLife Stadium, where they are currently 2-0 on the season.