The New York Jets (1-5), losers of five straight games, will travel to New England to face the Patriots (4-2) on Thursday Night Football. The New York Jets are coming off a rough 31-17 home loss against the Denver Broncos. Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, but also threw a fourth quarter interception during a potential game tying drive. New York’s running backs could only muster 16 yards on 12 carries as New York’s offensive line struggled to stop Denver defenders from penetrating into the backfield. While New York had trouble running, play calling wasn’t much better. Smith’s average pass attempt traveled just 6.4 yards, which indicates a very conservative offensive approach and an offense where receivers simply cannot get open. Things will be tough when New York travels to face the upstart Patriots.
The Patriots are coming off a convincing 37-22 road victory over the Buffalo Bills. Tom Brady threw for 361 yards and four touchdowns on a bad ankle against one of the league’s better pass rushes. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell led the way with 97 yards and two touchdowns while Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman combined from 16 catches and 185 yards. The Patriots took to the air as they were unable to run the ball against Buffalo’s stout run defense. The Patriots ran for just 50 yards on 27 carries and lost running back Stevan Ridley to a knee injury.
Current NFL odds list the Patriots as 10.5 point favorites after opening as 7.5 point favorites. Expect a similar game plan from the Jets this week. The Jets put pressure on Peyton Manning and tried to make him uncomfortable. Expect them to put pressure on Brady. While 10.5 points is a lot, I expect the Jets to come out and put pressure on Brady. Take the points as the Jets try to pull the upset in New England.
Official Pick: Jets +10.5