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Pregame Primer: Can the Jets finally beat the Patriots?
Everything you need to know ahead of today's game between the Jets and Patriots.
What’s Up with the Jets? 🛩️
The Jets face-off against the Patriots today in New Jersey at 1:00pm
New York will look to end their 14-game losing streak to New England – their last win came eight years ago on December 27, 2015
OT Duane Brown was placed on injured reserve, which will cause him to miss at least the next four games
RB Breece Hall was a full participant in Friday’s practice, and is not on the injury report for the first time this season
New York hopes that QB Aaron Rodgers will be back at the team facility at some point in the next week, per Robert Saleh
The NFL told the Jets that DL John Franklin-Myers’ roughing the passer penalty on Dak Prescott in last week’s loss should not have been called
S Jordan Whitehead was fined $21,855 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game
Injury Report 🏥
K Greg Zuerlein (groin)
DL John Franklin-Myers (hip)
S Tony Adams (hamstring)
OL Wes Schweitzer (concussion)
T Duane Brown (hip)
Today’s Game 🗓
Match-up: Jets (1-1) vs. Patriots (0-2)
Where: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, NJ
When: 1:00 PM EDT
Where to Watch: CBS
The Odds 🎲
ESPN Analytics: Jets 54.7% chance to win
Line: Jets +2.5
Over/Under: 36 points
Postseason Odds: +400
⬇️ from +250 last week
Super Bowl Odds: +7000
⬇️ from +6000 last week
Our Prediction 🔮
14 losses in a row... Fourteen.
The last time the Jets beat the Patriots was on December 27, 2015 – just shy of eight years ago. When Eric Decker caught that Ryan Fitzpatrick pass to defeat the Evil Empire in overtime in Week 16, no one in their right minds would have expected what would come next.
In the years since, the Jets have had their fair share of torment in match-ups with their New England rivals. Some games have gone right down to the wire and gone south for one bizarre reason or another – the ridiculous fumble/touchback call on Austin Seferian-Jenkins comes to mind, as well as last season’s misery with the phantom pass interference erasing a pick-six and a walk-off punt return touchdown in each of their two match-ups. There have also been a bevy of games that were never remotely close, like the Sam Darnold “seeing ghosts” game or when Bill Belichick ran up the score in Robert Saleh’s first season and blew out the Jets, 54-13.
So, after all of that, why would anyone in their right mind expect the Jets to win tomorrow? Nonetheless with Zach Wilson (0-4 with seven interceptions vs the Patriots), the worst pass-protecting offensive line in the sport and horrible, wet weather conditions to boot. Vegas certainly doesn’t expect a good result here, as the Jets are 2.5-point underdogs in their own building to a winless team.
Well, there may not be much data analysis here, but honestly if not now… when? The Patriots aren’t any good. They’re 0-2 for a reason, and despite playing two quality teams to start the season they are not a team that should scare anybody this year. Mac Jones is a dink-and-dunk specialist who is not special nor intimidating, they have major offensive line issues of their own and they have virtually no explosive playmakers on offense. They still have a quality defense, but the Jets have a better one. The only edge they have – the one they frankly will always have – is the coach. But Belichick can only go to the smoke-and-mirror routine so many times.
The Jets are the better football team right now, and frankly by sheer odds this streak has to end eventually. To be fair, I’ve said that at a lot of points over the last eight years, but at some point the carnage has to stop. If the Jets come out with a smart game plan, stick to Breece Hall in the run game and Wilson avoids mistakes, along with the defense getting back on track, there is no reason this team should be looking up at a 1-2 record on Monday morning
Jets 17, Patriots 6.