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New York Jets vs. New England Patriots Week 2 Preview

Date: Thursday, September 12th 2013 at 8:25pm ET
Location: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts

The New York Jets (1-0) hit a last second FG to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opening week. The New England Patriots (1-0) were lucky to escape with a win over the Bills in week 1 and I’m sure that Belichick will have his guys working overtime in practise.

Both of these teams were surprising in week one and it’s hard to predict what will happen in this match-up. These AFC East rivals are looking to start the season 2-0, but in my opinion the Patriots will win easily. The question is will they cover the big point spread?

Latest Jets vs. Patriots Week 2 Betting Lines

New England opened up at –13 points and the line has trended down slightly to –12.5 points at the majority of shops. I can see this line moving down even further because of what happened in week 1, but I definitely know the Patriots will play better this week.

Bovada Sportsbook Live Odds
Teams
Point Spread
Money Line
Game Total
New York Jets
+12.5 (-110)
+475
Over 44 (-110)
New England Patriots
-12.5 (-110)
-650
Under 44 (-110)

Will Tom Brady Struggle Again This Week Against an AFC East Opponent?

Tom Brady got the win, but he wasn’t as crisp as he normally is in the pocket. Brady went 29/52 for 288 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. He also fumbled the football once against the Bills. The Pats had 3 turnovers in week 1 and they’ll have to protect the football better.

Steven Ridley lost a fumble in week 1 and he ended up gaining 46 yards on 9 carries. Shane Vereen led the team with 14 carries for 101 rushing yards, but he broke his wrist and is out. Expect Ridley and LeGarrette Blount to split the carries in the backfield.

Vereen also had 7 receptions for 58 yards, so losing him to injury is going to hurt this already depleted offense. Danny Amendola led the team with 10 receptions for 104 yards, but Julian Edelman picked up 2 TD passes on 7 receptions (79 yards).

The Jets defense is going to be able to stop the run and it’s going to be up to Brady again this week. Outside of Vincent Jackson the Bucs struggled in the pass game as well, but obviously Brady is a step up from Freeman and I expect NE to have a good day passing.

Brady was only sacked twice in week 1 and it’s unlikely the Jets will get much pressure on him. They have to watch out for the TO’s on offense, but if they can do that I expect them to score more points than they did last week now that they’ve had a game to gel.

Can Geno Smith Lead the Jets to a Win in Week 2?

I can’t really say Geno Smith led his team to victory in week 1, as he had two turnovers (1 INT & 1 Fumble) in week 1. Smith went 24 of 38 for 256 passing yards and 1 TD. Smith looked more aware in the pocket as well. He led the team with 47 rushing yards in W1.

Bilal Powell only gained 29 rushing yards on 12 carries against the Buccaneers. If the Jets can’t establish a run game and are forced to air it out against Brady and the Patriots than this game could end up getting ugly. Smith isn’t ready to throw it 50+ times yet.

New England was unable to apply pressure on rookie EJ Manuel last week and he ended up having a productive game. Smith ended up getting sacked five times against the Bucs, but if the Jets o-line is able to give him time he’ll be able to find his receivers.

Kellen Winslow had 7 catches for 79 yards and 1 TD against the Bucs. Getting that production from your TE is great, but the Jets lack receiving options, which isn’t going to help the rookie. The Jets should be able to throw the football through the air on NE.

My Prediction in the NYJ vs. NE Game

The fact this game is at home for NE worries me and I wish I was getting +14 points, but I think this spread may drop due to the way both teams played in week 1 as well as the fact that Vereen is out. I just think this is too many points for the Pats to cover.

Belichick will be happy with winning the game and I don’t see them being able to run up the score. The Jets lost Revis, but this is a tough defense still and they can contain any team when they’re playing well. Expect the Pats to win, but not by double digits.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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