This is the biggest game of the season for the New York Jets. Installed as a 1.5 point favorite at home, the Jets will look to built off their last two wins and take first place of the AFC East. The Patriots are coming off a last second defeat to the Giants and will look to seek revenge against the city of New York. There’s no love loss between these two clubs as their Week 5 showdown was extremely physical. Two key match-ups stand out for this game. The winner of these match-ups will lead their team to victory:

Could It Be Shonn?--AP Photo

1. Center Nick Mangold vs. Nose Tackle Vince Wilfork: Gotta love it when two Pro Bowlers square off. After suffering a nasty high ankle sprain earlier this season, Mangold is 100% healthy and back to leading the Jets ‘Ground & Pound’ attack. Wilfork leads a New England rush defense that has yielded the ninth-fewest rushing yards per game (102.3). Can Wilfork get a big enough push front to deny the Jets rushing attack?

2. Shonn Greene vs. NE’s LBs: Doubters of Shonn Greene are quiet. The former Iowa Hawkeye has rumbled for 188 yards (4.82 YPC) in his last two games. No surprise that a solid ground game has led to two Jet wins. Historically, Greene produces better numbers in the second half of the season, so the Jets are hoping he can lead them going forward.

There are a ton of other individual game match-ups; Welker vs. Revis, Belichick vs. Ryan; Holmes vs. McCourty; I could go on for days. Bottom line, the Patriots pass defense is garbage (worst in the league) while the pass offense is great (best in the league). The Jets have to make Brady feel uncomfortable in the pocket. Brady will lead on Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski early, so the Jets must do a better job at shutting them down.

I can’t remember the last time New England lost three straight games, but it’s going to happen this week. The Patriot pass defense is absolutely horrific, so expect Sanchez to air it out this game. In turn, this should create more running lanes for Greene. I like the Jets to win this one.

New York 27
New England 20