The New England Patriots and the New York Jets are good football teams. There is no denying that. The Patriots had the best record in football last season, and the Jets have made the AFC championship game two years in a row.
With that being said, they are not invincible. The Jets got lucky a lot last season. There were a few games they had no business winning, but the ball bounced their way a few times and they took advantage of it.
Mark Sanchez is the main reason why the Jets are not an automatic playoff team. His lack of confidence and accuracy are what have held the Jets back from winning it all.
The Jets defense is great, but it is breakable. Outside of Darrelle Revis, the secondary is not great. As for linebackers, Bart Scott does a nice job plugging holes, but that is about it. David Harris is a great player, and Calvin Pace is solid. Their defensive line has some serious question marks.
The Jets' offensive line should get most of the credit for the points they do score, and their wide receivers and running backs are solid.
Like the Jets, the Patriots' strength is their offensive line. The amount of time Tom Brady has in the pocket is unbelievable. Not to take anything away from Tom Brady, but he has quite an advantage with that offensive line, and he panics when he does not have the time to throw.
The Patriots defense is shaky. They have solid players around the field. They have the dominant Vince Wilfork clogging holes. They have Devin McCourty playing well in the secondary and Jerod Mayo racking up a bunch of tackles.
The Patriots made a nice addition in Shaun Ellis, but that will not be enough. Outside of McCourty, the Patriots' secondary is bad. Outside of Mayo, the Patriots' linebackers are bad.
The Patriots defense makes them viable for defeat. It is not impossible for Buffalo to take advantage of the Jets' and Patriots' weaknesses.