I’d be lying if I told you there was a lot to write about this week with the Jets coming to town. The Jets are down to a practice squad QB in his first NFL start, coming into a hostile environment. The Pats have not allowed a TD since the AFC Championship last season, and have scored 73 points in 2 games. Normally you might say this is a trap game, but that’s a stretch when the Pats are 20+ point favorites.
This should be a relatively simple game on offense for the Pats. Brady will have an easy 3 passing TDs. James White always shreds through this Jets D, and they don’t have the talent to keep up with all the talent at receiver. Once they are off to a comfortable lead, it will be a heavy Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead game. There will be a lot of ground and pound, but it may not be as effective as normal. James Develin has not practiced all week, and the Pats offensive line is already banged up. Develin is such a huge part of the run game, it might cause some struggles if he does not play. This might be the first game that we see Jarrett Stidham at the end of the game. With the way Jamal Adams was talking, the most important part of this game is coming out as healthy as possible, and protecting Tom Brady. It is not worth risking any cheap shots that could jeopardize the season.
There is not much to what the defense has to do either. They need to contain Le’Veon Bell and the rest will fall into place. They do not have enough talent at receiver to beat this defensive backfield of the Pats. Even if they do get open, Luke Falk did not do much downfield passing last week. It seemed like about 80 percent of the time he just dumped the ball off to Bell. It really is quite and unfortunate situation the Jets are in, losing their first 2 QBs in the first 2 weeks of the season. But that isn’t the Patriots fault, so they will abuse Falk the same way they have to guys like Bryce Petty in the past.
This might be another game this isn’t all that fun to watch. This division just continues to get weaker and weaker, and it seems like the Pats might continue to win it for the next 20 years. 45-9 Pats.
-Jake Kobierski (@TheRealKobe83)