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Keys to a victory for New England

New York Jets v New England Patriots

The New England Patriots play tomorrow night at 7 :25 p.m. on CBS and NFL Network against the New York Jets.

The Jets played the Broncos close last Sunday, but a Geno Smith pick late ended the hopes of the Jets slaying the Broncos. The Pats were in a high scoring game with the Bills and won pretty impressively. Now, the Pats are in first place in the AFC East.

Here are the keys for New England to win again tomorrow at home against the Jets.

1. The OL protecting Brady: Give him some time and he makes a defense pay. Without Stork for the entire game Sunday, and Connolly for most of it, the Pats kept the Bills vaunted DL in check, so they can do it again against the Jets. Rex Ryan is masterful at blitzes and getting after the QB because last Sunday when the Jets had shots at winning they had Manning on the ground a lot in the first half. Ryan will try it again, so New England has to prepare these guys. If the OL keeps Brady upright, New England wins easily.

2. Stop the run: The Pats need to prove without Mayo they can stop the run on Thursday. Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson, and the Jets running game will try to get going against the Pats thin depth right now. The Pats have to make it a point to stop the run first and foremost. If they can and make the Jets throw, the defense should have a good showing. The Pats also shouldn’t try to get much pressure on Geno and focus on keeping him in the pocket. Stopping his running ability too will be key.

3. The Depp Ball: Brian Tyms is the X-Factor in New England’s offense. He can come in at any time and offer the threat of the deep ball. He’s got speed and better than that he has hands. LaFell is proving to be good, Edelman is reliable, and Gronk is great, but Tyms can be the x-factor for the Pats. When they need a big play they can feel good about looking for him. Maybe one play in one moment tomorrow night, Tyms makes a big difference.


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