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New York Jets Keys to Victory vs New England Patriots

The New York Jets take on the division rival New England Patriots this Sunday. The Jets need to win this game to avoid falling to 0-2 and 2 games behind the Patriots. Here are the keys to the game for them to be victorious.

Attack Tom Brady

The Jets can’t afford to give Tom Brady time to sit back in the pocket. Of they do, he will pick the defense apart. When the Jets sent five or more pass-rushers after Brady last year, he completed 47.8 percent of his passes for an average of 4.8 yards per throw with zero touchdowns and an interception. Sacks would be great, but as long as they get consistent pressure that will suffice. Their blitzes were working in the beginning of the game last week, but faded toward the end as the Ravens started to pick up what they were doing. They’re going to need another performance like that on Sunday.

Contain Wes Welker

Wes Welker will get his, no matter what. The Jets just can’t afford to have him go wild like he did in their Week 11 meeting last year and like his replacement, Julian Edelman, did in the Week 2 meeting that Welker missed. The duo of Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson must play better. Last week, they allowed 11 out of 18 completions for a total of 189 yards (including penalties). It also wouldn’t hurt if the Jets double teamed Welker.

WRs Need to Win 1-on-1 Battles

To say that the Jets had no vertical passing game in Week 1 is an understatement. They were flat out awful. Some of that falls on Mark Sanchez. Some on offensive coordinator Brain Schottenheimer. And some of that falls on the wide receivers. The Ravens were playing without Ed Reed last week and yet the Jets still couldn’t pass the ball on the Ravens. The Patriots have a very young and inexperienced secondary. Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards are two veteran receivers. They need to exploit those matchups and get open for Sanchez. They should definitely attack cornerback Darius Butler, who struggled mightily last week.

Control the Clock

The less time Tom Brady and company are on the field, the better. The Jets struggled to keep possession last week holding the bal for just over 21 minutes against the Ravens. By the end of the game, the defense was gassed. That’s not going to work against an offense like that of the Patriots. The Jets are a ground and pound team. They should control the clock every week. They need to run the ball effectively and also keep the defense honest with the pass. They don’t need to go crazy throwing the ball downfield. Just sustain drives and keep the clock moving. Then in the fourth quarter the Patriots defense will be tired and the running game can deliver the final blow.

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