The Patriots and Jets don’t like each other, but as the 2015 gets close to being at the halfway point, there’s a lot to play for Sunday when the two foes meet for the first time in Gillette Stadium.
New England is undefeated at 5-0, and is rolling through their opponents with no end in sight. The Jets are a surprising 4-1 with new head coach Todd Bowles leading the way.
Tom Brady is having another amazing season, Sunday vs the Colts he threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns. The Patriots, seeking their eighth straight win, have won seven of the last eight against the Jets. Brady is 21-7 in the series, including playoffs.
“We’ve had a lot of close games with them over the years,” Brady said this week.
“A lot of situational football has come into play, a lot of two-minute drives and stopping them at the end, overtime games. Not too many games have really gotten out of hand.”
The Jets run attack is going to have to be good in order to keep Brady and company off the field. Chris Ivory had 146 of the Jets’ season-high 221 yards on the ground in a win over the Redskins last week.
The Pats are not the best by far in the NFL in stopping the run, as they rank 22nd with 114.2 yards allowed per game.
New England’s offense is going to be tough to stop though, as the Pats have scored at least 28 in each game this year and are averaging 422.4 yards, second to only San Diego’s 433.0. New England’s 325.2 passing yards per game are also second behind the Chargers.
It will be interesting to see if Bowles can come up with a game plan to stop Brady, and if so if the Jets can stay in the game with their run game.
With the difference in the two teams and how good the Pats have been, it’s tough to think that New York and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick are going to have the firepower to stay with New England for 60 minutes.
Look for a hard fought game, but the Pats are still the class of the AFC East – for now.
New England 27 New York Jets 23
New England – Tom Brady 279 yards 2 TD’s, LeGarrette Blount 61 yards rushing 1 TD’s, Rob Gronkowski 107 yards receiving 1 TD
New York Jets– Ryan Fitzpatrick 162 yards, Chris Ivory 71 yards 1 TD, Brandon Marshall 98 yards receiving
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