Keys to Victory in New England Patriots' Week 6 Matchup

Henrietta Brewer
October 12, 2017

The last time these teams played, the Jets were blown out, 41-3, at New England in the next-to-last week of the season. James White has 29 receptions on the year, which is the most on the Patriots - and more than any player on the Jets. But in the National Football League, where coaches and players are conditioned to conform to cliches like focusing on one game at a time and each win being hard fought, no matter the opponent, don't expect them to dwell on how they arrived here. "It's shocking to them, but we knew we could be in this position".

The prognosticators appeared to get both the Patriots and Jets wrong. The Buffalo Bills, who are also 3-2, are off this week. As a result, there's a three-way tie atop the AFC East heading into this game.

That's probably wise, because the Jets have won two of the last four games at MetLife Stadium, including an overtime win in December of 2015.

Look, nobody will fault the Jets for their recent schedule, just like nobody will give them any breaks for the next 11 weeks, when they play teams with a combined 31-19 record. "We know we can't play like this and win the division and achieve our other goals". In eight of the last 10 meetings between the Jets and Patriots, the winning margin has been seven or less.

If you listened to the experts this summer, you heard many longtime National Football League observers talk about the possibility of a 16-0 regular season for the New England Patriots followed by the team's sixth Super Bowl championship. We've got to do a good job of that at the quarterback position. The New England Patriots are -9.5 over the New York Jets in this game on Sunday afternoon.

Here is what they had to say about the Patriots moving up the power rankings. Most of the time, he still beats them on game day.

New England's defense has allowed 142 points in five games (28.4 per game), which is tied for second worst in the National Football League with the Tennessee Titans (only the Indianapolis Colts at 159 have allowed more). "Based on every game, game-plan situations, so forth, we'll try to do what we feel like is best for the team like we always do". "I don't think he's getting hit a lot".

"Tom Brady's still back there", Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon said. They can't sack you if you're handing the ball off. "We haven't really been getting too many, but it's a long season". However, Kansas City is worst in that category at a net of 26.2 yards lost per game in penalties, and the Chiefs are the only undefeated team in the NFL.

The Pats are also last in yards allowed, even as they are first in yards gained and third in points scored.

"Sometimes when you get off the field and then you're trying to get to the sideline and get things corrected, you've got to flip that switch and get back out there and be able to execute at a high level", he said.

"It'll be nice for once and hopefully it will happen again later this year", McCown said of facing an older QB. Gronkowski also didn't practice Wednesday because of a thigh bruise but is expected to play.

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