Last year the New England Patriots swept the season series against the New York Jets, and sorry Jets fans, but it looks like they may do the same this season.
After their Super Bowl loss to the Jets in-house rival, the New York Giants, the Patriots went ahead and added some more firepower in Bill Belichick’s arsenal.
They added receiver Brandon Lloyd to help out the already strong trio of Deion Branch, Wes Welker, and Rob Gronkowski. They also added two talented defensive players through the draft by getting Syracuse’s Chandler Jones and Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower with the 21 and 25 overall picks in this year’s NFL Draft.
On offense, it is easy to see that the Jets cannot really compete.
Tom Brady is a proven veteran with a great ability to read defenses, make the right choices and just make plays. The Jets have the advantage at running back with Shonn Greene, but not by much (do not sleep on Joseph Addai this year).
The wide receivers and tight ends speak for themselves.
Who would you rather have, Dustin Keller or Rob Gronkowski? Brandon Lloyd or Santonio Holmes? Wes Welker or Stephen Hill?
Offensive line is the only position where the Jets beat the Patriots and it has been that way for the past few years. The only problem is that might not be enough to match the firepower the Patriots have.
On defense, once again the Jets take the cake in the secondary, especially at cornerback with Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson.
Although the Patriots do not have well-known players like Bart Scott, Revis or Cromartie, they have been able to do a great job with the guys they have. One of them is Rob Ninkovich, who put an end to any hopes of a Jets comeback when the two teams played each other at MetLife Stadium on November 13 (Week 10).
Along with Ninkovich, Mayo and Hightower will be causing problems for the Jets offense, and although the Jets have David Harris, the Patriots have the edge at linebacker.
The defensive line is tough to judge. The new Jets defensive line has yet to show what they can do, but is very promising, while the Patriots defensive line has shown that they can create pressure against the Jets and bring down Sanchez or stop Greene in the backfield.
Because of past play, this one has to go to the Patriots. As you all can see clearly see, the Patriots simply overpower the Jets and in order for them to win it will take flawless play during all four quarters to take down the mighty Pats.
Week 7: Sunday October 21, 2012 New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Week 12: Thursday November 22, 2012 New England Patriots @ New York Jets (Thanksgiving)