While everyone will be with their families enjoying a nice Thanksgiving meal, the New York Jets and New England Patriots will be, once again, battling it out. The last time these two teams met was in week 7 when the Patriots beat the Jets 29-26. Going into that game many predicted a ‘blood bath’ but the Jets were able to hold it down all the way into overtime and lost by a simple field goal. The Patriots have won 15 of their last 19 meetings with the Jets so the odds are in their favor. The Jets come off a huge victory (27-13) from the St.Louis Rams, breaking their three game losing streak. The Patriots come off their victory against the Colts (59-24) so both teams will still be pumped.
So what will be different this time around, considering the fact that the Patriots have won their last four games? The Jets do have home field advantage but this will not be enough. Offense is where the Jets will have to give their top notch performance in. The Patriots currently lead the league in offense while the Jets are almost at the bottom ranking no 29. Making sure Mark Sanchez is not sacked and has enough time to find openings will be so crucial to this game and if they don’t will most definitely lose. This match-up without a doubt will be very physical for both teams. One advantage the Jets have is the Patriots prize possession tight end Gronk who will be out after suffering an injury in their last game. The Jets can and will be able to capitalize on this even though the Pats now have back their other tight end Aaron Hernandez. The Jets have to use RB’s Shonn Greene, Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell as much as they can and to their advantage. WR Jeremy Kerley is said to be a game time decision but if he ends up playing using him will be the key as well.
Not only do the Jets have to show up in the offense department, their defense must be top notch too. They currently rank at no 14 while the Pats are at no 28. Putting as much pressure on Tom Brady will be the key to helping the Jets get this win. It won’t be an easy task though because Brady works extremely well under pressure and is able to make plays that Sanchez can’t. If they give Brady enough time to scan the field they will be doomed for this win. This is where defensive guys like Muhammad Wilkerson, Antonio Cromartie, Sione Pouha and LaRon Landry have to step up big time. The Jets defense cannot afford to give up huge chunks of yard; this too will cost them the game. The Jets offense, defense and special teams have to give a 100 % performance if they want bragging rights on beating their long time division rivals.
This game will be a must watch, it begins at 8:20 pm tomorrow. Is Gang Green ready to put the turkey and stuffing down to watch this division battle unfold?