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New York Jets vs. New England Patriots Preview

After a week of talk and speculation, all that’s left is to play the game which the New York Jets and New England Patriots will do in a few hours. A Jets win and they advance to the AFC Championship Game for the second straight year. Heading up to gametime, here are some of my final thoughts on the matchup:

Play Clean Football– The Jets need to protect the football. That means no interceptions Mark Sanchez. The Patriots simply don’t turn the ball over. You can’t give them any extra possessions. Also no dumb penalties. You can’t be giving the Patriots any extra and easy yards.

Ground and Pound … to an Extent– The Jets clear strength is their running game so obviously they need to run the football. But, the Jets won’t win if they play like they did in the second half against the Colts. The Patriots offense is too dominant. They are going to put up a lot of points. They have scored over 30 points in 8 straight games! The Jets will need to pass the ball if they want to win.

It’s Sanchez Time-Mark Sanchez needs to step up plain and simple. If he plays like he did last week, the Jets won’t win. In both of the Jets wins against the Patriots the past two years, Sanchez posted rating of over 100. In their two losses, lower than 40. He has the weapons. He has a dominant run game. He needs to make plays, no excuses.

Get Off to a Good Start– In the 45-3 loss, The Jets were down 3-0 before Nick Folk shanked a 53 yard field goal. New England took over with great field position and six plays later 10-0. Jets 3 and out, 4 plays later and Patriots up 17-0. Game over. The Jets aren’t build to come back from large defects. They need to stay within a touchdown or so at all times.

Mix it Up on Defense- Rex needs to get creative this week. He need to find different ways to get pressure on Brady. You can’t rush three and give him all day to throw in the pocket. He needs to mix up the defensive fronts, giving Brady different looks. If you keep giving Brady the same looks he will pick up on it and carve up on the secondary. The less information he knows pre-snap the better. 

Play Aggressive- Don’t be afraid to take a few chances. Go for it on fourth on short. Maybe try a surprise onside kick. This could be the last game of the season. Empty the playbook Brain Schottenheimer. If Brad Smith is active, use him on offense in the Wildcat, have him throw a pass. Don’t save anything for next week because there might not be a next week.

They hype for this game has been astronomical, let’s hope the game can live up to it.


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