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New York Jets vs. New England Patriots: 3 Key Matchups in First-Place Battle
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Tom Brady will have a far more enjoyable day against the Jets if they cannot bring pressure.

The Jets and Patriots are both an even 3-3—along with Miami and Buffalo—and will meet for the first time of the 2012 season this Sunday. For two teams with the same record, they have looked drastically different through the first six weeks of the season.

Seemingly everybody thinks the Jets are one of the worst teams in the league. Whenever I see them at the bottom of person X’s power rankings, I laugh.

I guess it’s just the cool thing to do.

Are they a playoff team? Probably not—but a bottom-five? They’ve bested the teams they are “supposed” to beat (Buffalo, Miami, Indianapolis) and lost to three quality ones (Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Houston).

New England is one of the best 3-3 teams in recent memory—or at least I think so. Their lost to Seattle was very un-Patriotic, but weird things seem to be the norm when eastern teams travel west.

Somehow, these two teams are now exactly the same through the first six weeks. The winner of the Week 7 game in Foxborough will rest atop the AFC East.

Here’s an early look at three matchups that will play a large role in deciding the outcome. 

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