Patriots at Jets Preview
Throughout the discourse of human history, we must wonder if Alexander Pope was a New York Jets fan. Another autumn is upon us bringing another rookie QB, and another new head coach. Yet, hope springs eternal for Gang Green. Zach Wilson comes in boasting a 35.6 QB Rating and his team is installed as a 6.5pt. home underdog on Sunday. Michael McCorkle Jones comes in boasting 2x the QBR of his colleague who was picked 13 spots later. Still, as non Patriots HOF member Duane Charles Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.”
Look for New England to have a similar offensive game plan this week. The Jets gave up 111 rushing yards last week vs. Carolina, and will have to face a 3 headed running attack this week at Met Life Stadium. If Damien Harris can move the ball as well as he did week one, then the Jets will be in for a long day. Parlay that with James White and perhaps even JJ Taylor, and the Patriots could make a long day for New York’s defense.
Jones seemed relatively comfortable in the pocket vs. Miami last week, and look for him to improve progressions this week. Trent Brown remains questionable, but the Patriots were able to hold the line together quite well last week in spite of multiple injuries at the right tackle position. Look for the play action to open up and for the Patriots to pick on New York’s inexperience CBs for large plays.
We’ll be certain to see the “Bill Belichick vs. Rookie QB” stats all day tomorrow. 21-6, if you’re keeping score at home. But as the late Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friends.” Coach Hoodie is only 8-6 on the road vs. rookie QBs. Of those losses to rookie QBs, 2 are SB Champs in Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson. Interestingly enough, 2 are NYJ QBs in Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. Strange things happen in East Rutherford.
The Patriots are winners of the last 10 games vs. the NYJ. I do not see any way that this is not 11, come 4:30 tomorrow. Lay the points, Jasper. Lay the points.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern for The15.