New York Jets vs New England Patriots: Preview and Prediction

Aaron Nagler@Aaron_NaglerNFL National Lead WriterOctober 15, 2012

It's become a cliche to say "These two teams don't like each other," but these two teams just don't like each other. 

Obviously, there's no love-loss between New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and his New England counterpart, Bill Belichick. The Jets are coming off a dominating performance, albeit against the lowly Indianapolis Colts, while the Patriots are licking their wounds after their disappointing performance up in Seattle against the Seahawks

You have to think the Patriots will try to get back to running the football after having Tom Brady drop back 52 times last week. The Jets gave up big chunks of real estate against the Texans on Monday Night Football two weeks ago, and you can bet the Patriots will look to expose them in a similar way, especially if it opens things up downfield to the tight ends off of playaction. 

For the Jets, you can tell quarterback Mark Sanchez felt a lot more comfortable with a few more healthy options to throw to, especially rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill. That and a bona fide running game certainly made Sanchez look a lot better than he had the last few weeks. 

In the video above, we look at the biggest matchups in this game and make our picks. Let us know in the comments below where you agree or disagree and who you think wins this AFC East showdown.