Coming into this week many experts and writers said that the Patriots would be dead without Tom Brady. They even went so far as to favor the New York Jets over the Patriots. If you read my week two predictions you saw that I did not agree with this decision by many. I picked the Patriots to beat the Jets rather easily. As you saw today, this prediction was correct. The Patriots and Bill Belichick once again showed why you can never count them out. Despite the fact that the Jets made many off-season acquisitions including bringing in Brett Favre and the Patriots lost the league MVP week one, the Jets were still unable to knock off the reigning AFC champs at home. This game looks a lot closer in the stat book than it really was. The game was close at halftime with the Patriots clinging to a 6-3 lead, however, in the second half the Patriots tacked on a touchdown and two field goals to defeat the Jets 19-10. Matt Cassel wasn't brilliant, but then again, he didn't have to be. Many people forgot that the Patriots used to win all those championships with their defense, not their offense. This was the case again today. The veteran group allowed just one touchdown and showed that they are a force to be reckoned with. This game should also be a lesson to you Jets fans that you are still not in the same league as the Patriots. If you couldn't beat them under these circumstances then when can you beat them. When they just don't show up? If I were a Jet fan I would be pretty humiliated after this loss. The Patriots may have competition in the AFC east this year, but it won't be from the New York Jets. If anyone, the pressure would come from the Buffalo Bills. As for the Jets now, good luck next week against a furious Chargers team that will most likely lay a beat down on you. You may have improved in the off-season, but you are not good enough. I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so.
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