Patriots vs. Jets: 4 Reasons New England Will Dominate on Thanksgiving
Sure, the Jets kept things closer than anyone thought possible in the first meeting between these two teams, taking the game into overtime, but the Pats have been on a roll on offense ever since, and they'll continue putting points on the board in Week 12.
So, how will they Patriots come away with a monster road win at MetLife Stadium on Thanksgiving?
Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan and the Jets had the Patriots number in 2009 and 2010, winning three of five games, including the divisional playoff game in 2010.
Since then, however, Bill Belichick's crew hasn't lost a single contest—winning the last three games by a total of 33 points.
The last contest was a defensive struggle in which both teams could only manage two touchdowns apiece, but ultimately, the Jets could not protect Mark Sanchez when the game was on the line.
Belichick has Ryan's number these days, and there isn't enough talent on the Jets roster to overcome the gap between these two coaches.
The Jets Can't Stop the Run
The Patriots were able to exploit this to a certain extent in Week 7, as Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley and Danny Woodhead combined for 131 yards on 31 carries—a respectable average of 4.2 yards per carry.
The Patriots have averaged 128 yards per game during their last three games and they'll continue to pound away at the soft middle of the Jets defense in this game, setting up Tom Brady and the passing attack.
The Patriots Secondary Has Improved
The New England Patriots still have issues allowing yards through the air, but the secondary has improved dramatically of late in the area of creating turnovers.
In the past four games, this unit has allowed six touchdowns, but has also tallied six interceptions.
Alfonso Dennard has come on strong of late, and the addition of Aqib Talib was immediately felt in Week 11, as he and Dennard both took Andrew Luck passes back for touchdowns.
This improvement in the secondary has been further helped by a defensive line that is getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks to the tune of 10 sacks and 17 quarterback hits in the past four games.
Mark Sanchez is in for another long afternoon, as the Patriots are bound to cause him to turn the ball over more than once.
Tom Brady Is on FIRE
Since the Seattle Seahawks forced Tom Brady into throwing two interceptions, he's been unstoppable.
In the past four games, Brady has thrown 11 touchdowns, and he's put up a big fat zero in the interceptions column.
Yes, Rob Gronkowski is out for a month or so with a broken forearm, but Aaron Hernandez will be starting in his stead. Furthermore, we've all seen how much Wes Welker's value rises when other players are out, and Brady has an uncanny way of making the most out of what he's got.
The Jets don't have a chance at slowing down the unstoppable force that is the Patriots offense. This game will be a bloodbath, and the Patriots will continue to establish their spot on the top of the AFC East.