Jets vs. Patriots: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play at the line against the New York Jets in a game at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 49-19. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Week 2 in the NFL begins with a classic AFC East skirmish between the New York Jets and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night. 

Both teams won their openers. 

New York's victory was a surprise to most outside the organization. Rookie Geno Smith didn't look good in the preseason and missed valuable playing time while dealing with a minor injury, but he performed admirably against the improved secondary of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

And, even though the Jets won because Lavonte David didn't know when to ease up off the gas pedal, hitting Smith out of bounds with seconds left on the clock, a win is a win. 

For the Patriots, the only surprise was the close nature of their victory. Many experts expected the Bills to get crushed by New England, but Buffalo almost shocked this team. 

Tom Brady is going to have to work some magic, because his top receiving threats, Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski, are both listed as doubtful on the injury report. After losing running back Shane Vereen until at least Week 11, the Patriots are thin at all the skill positions on offense.

Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action.

 

When: Thursday, Sept. 12, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass. 

Watch: NFL Network

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Lines (via Covers) 

  • Over/Under: 43.5 pts.
  • Spread: New England (-11.5)

 

Jets Injury Report (via Patriots.com

Out

Quinton CoplesDLAnkle (DNP)
Jeremy KerleyWRConcussion (DNP)
Mark SanchezQBRight Shoulder (DNP)

Probable

Jeff CumberlandTEChin (LP)
Kennrick EllisDLBack (LP)
Santonio HolmesWRFoot (LP)
Nick MangoldOLElbow (LP)
Sheldon RichardsonDLShoulder (LP)
Kellen WinslowTEKnee (DNP)
Nick BelloreLBOblique (FP)
Willie ColonOLKnee (FP)
Antonio CromartieDBHip (FP)
Clyde GatesWRKnee (FP)
Damon HarrisonLBKnee (FP)
Stephen HillWRKnee (FP)
Ben IjalanaOLKnee (FP)
Chris IvoryRBThumb (FP)
Garrett McIntyreLBRibs (FP)
Dee MillinerDBHip (FP)
Bilal PowellRBShoulder (FP)
Geno SmithQBAnkle (FP)

 

Patriots Injury Report (via Patriots.com

Out

Shane VereenRBWrist (DNP)

Doubtful

Danny AmendolaWRGroin (LP)
Rob GronkowskiTEBack/Forearm (LP)

Questionable

Brandon BoldenRBKnee (LP)
Aaron DobsonWRHamstring (LP)
Nate EbnerDBAnkle (LP)
Duron HarmonDBHamstring (LP)
Matthew SlaterWRKnee (LP)
Zach SudfeldTEHamstring (LP)
Will SvitekOLKnee (LP)
Leon WashingtonRBThigh (LP)

Probable

Marquice ColeCBHamstring (FP)
Alfonzo DennardCBAnkle (FP)
Stevan RidleyRBShoulder (FP)

 

Can Geno Smith Beat Tom Brady?

The Jets stymied Josh Freeman last week, and he finished the game having completed less than half his passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and one interception. 

Despite dealing with a rash of injuries and a bunch of unheralded youngsters, Brady won't struggle like Freeman did—especially playing in front of his home crowd. 

In order for the Jets to win at Gillette Stadium, Smith must be able to match Brady on Thursday night, but it won't be easy. New England's defense has forced at least one turnover in 28 straight games, as noted by Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe:

New England's front seven can get after the quarterback, which oftentimes leads to turnovers. It's hard to imagine the Patriots failing to take this streak to 29 games this week. 

 

Prediction

Even though New England's offense is depleted, the home team should win easily. 

The Patriots shut down C.J. Spiller last week, and the Jets struggled to rush the ball against the Buccaneers. Without a strong running game to balance out New York's offense, Smith will be put in a difficult situation against a turnover-happy defense. 

Stevan Ridley will bounce back with a big game after getting benched for fumbling in Week 1, and the Patriots will run up the score against their divisional rivals.

 

Final Score 

Patriots win 31-17

 

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