The last time the New England Patriots lost at Giants Stadium when playing against the New York Jets was when Vinny Testaverde, Wayne Chrebet, and Curtis Martin were suiting up for the green and white.
Nine years have passed since that dreadful 20-19 defeat on September 11th 2000, and the New York Jets are anxious, eager, and willing to do whatever it takes in their home opener to embarrass the Patriots and advance to a 2-0 record.
Here are is everything you need to know:
New England Patriots (1-0) at New York Jets (1-0)
- Patriots-Jets Date: Sunday, September 20
- Patriots-Jets Time: 1:00
- Patriots-Jets TV Network: CBS
- Patriots-Jets Announcers: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
- Patriots-Jets Point Spread: Patriots -5.5
- Patriots-Jets Over-Under: 46.5
- Jerod’s Patriots-Jets Pick: The Jets are going to come after Tom Brady big time, and are coming off of a great defensive performance against Houston. I don’t see the Jets winning, because there is no way I’m picking Mark Sanchez over a Belichick defense and Tom Brady, but I think they can keep it close with New England at home. Patriots-Jets spread pick: Jets +5.5.
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Jets head coach Rex Ryan has called all the season ticket holders, admitting he may not be up to Coach Belichick’s standards. He also admitted that he probably does not have a quarterback like Tom Brady nor three Super Bowl rings, but overall wants to win this game…badly!
Numerous Jets players have spoken out publically calling this their “Super Bowl,” as well as admitting they just want to pummel any New England Patriot player that comes in their vicinity.
Believe me, I have never seen this much hype since 2006 when Terrell Owens’ return to Philadelphia as Dallas Cowboy began to escalate that summer; but all this chaos over a week two match-up? Seriously?
I still consider this just a regular divisional game for both teams, not a championship.
Let’s be completely honest: Tom Brady looked sloppy and not in sync with any of his receivers last Monday night. He did, however, pull off a heroic comeback that resembled the original Boston Patriots in their day.
With the absence of Jerod Mayo, and a defense that seems to lack leadership, who knows if we will be ready to watch another stellar performance from rookie Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez seemed to stretch Joe Willie Namath’s smile from ear to ear last week as the Jets’ hero watched the young quarterback tally up 272 yards in the air and throw his first career NFL touchdown.
Any chances we could be looking at the next “Broadway Joe”?
Look for an explosive and pulverizing effort from this New York Jets defense, as they look to pressure and blitz Tom Brady constantly. As for the New England Patriots, the key to this game is stopping Bart Scott, Kris Jenkins, and the rest of this talented defense from applying the kind of pressure they want to apply.
Tom Brady needs to gain back more confidence in the pocket while at the same time sending a few deep passes to Randy Moss.
By stretching the Jets defense through the air, as well as utilizing Kevin Faulk, Laurence Maroney, and Fred Taylor as the three-headed running attack, the Patriots should be able to thwart what looks to be a very strong New York Jets defense.
This game should end up being close, but not a win for the Jets once the final second ticks away.
Sorry Jets fans, this one belongs to the Patriots!
Prediction: Patriots 30 – Jets 20
* – Rex Ryan photo credit: AP via Newsday