Last week, the Jets were able to effectively carry out their plan of stopping Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Outside of one 57-yard touchdown pass, the Jets gave up only 257 yards to the Colt offense. Things are going to get much more complicated for the Jets as they enter a hostile Foxborough environment. During Week 13, the Jets were torched 45-3 in Foxborough. Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns as the Patriot offense rolled up 405 total yards of offense.

However, the Jets did beat the Patriots, 28-14, during their Week 2 meeting in the Meadowlands. Will the Jets be able to jump in the time machine, re-create their Week 2 gameplan and beat the Patriots when it matters the most? How will the Jets attempt to stop the Belichick/Brady show?

Tom Brady (L) talking to Matt Ryan and Pointing At Me

The blueprint to beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots is relatively simple, yet difficult to carry out. As we saw in Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants front four was able to pressure Brady, he was way off his game. In that Super Bowl, Brady was sacked five times and lost one fumble. In addition to the constant pressure put on Brady, the Giants held the Patriot running attack to only 45 yards on the ground. The Jets MUST put pressure on Brady and bottle up the Patriot running game if they want to advance to the AFC Championship.

During their Week 2 match-up, the Jets were able to effectively shut down the Patriots rushing attack. The trio of Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis only mustered 52 yards on the ground. In addition, the Jets effectively controlled the clock, piling up 136 yards on the ground. The Jet defense only sacked Brady once and hit him twice,  but just like the Jets did against the Colts, Gang Green won the time of possession battle (31:01 to 28:59). The Patriots committed three costly turnovers (two Brady interceptions and one fumble) while the Jets did not commit any. The Jets also played the entire second half without Darrelle Revis.  A successful, clock-eating run approach will lead the Jets to a victory.

In contrast, Week 13 was an absolute nightmare for the Jets. Mark Sanchez threw three interceptions which led to 21 New England points. The Patriots ran for 101 yards on the Jet defense and Brady looked like he was playing 7-on-7, throwing four touchdowns and rolling up 302 yards through the air. The Jets were able to run for 152 yards in the game, but this one was over by halftime. Turnovers will kill the Jets this week. Brady and Co. are way too good not to capitalize on them.

As we’ve seen countless times before, a team who can successfully create a pass rush with its defensive line will have success against the Patriots. Since the Jets run a 3-4 defense, exotic linebacker and safety looks will allow Rex and Co. to put pressure on the opposing quarterback.  At some point during the game, Rex will have to rely on Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha, Mike Devito, and Trevor Pryce to get some pressure on their own on Brady. If the defensive line is able to get pressure, we may get the privilege of listening to Rex run his big yap once again.

Keys To Stopping Brady:

1. A Solid Rushing Attack
2. No Turnovers
3. Pressure Brady Without Blitzing