It's no secret the two Patriots games on the schedule every year are the most important for the Jets.
This year is no different.
The last few seasons, the first meeting between the two teams has been a home game for New York.
Unfortunately, that meant the games later in the season were held in New England.
This year however, the Jets go on the road in their first matchup with the Patriots.
The Patriots made an uncharacteristically large splash this off-season.
This is bad news for the Jets.
The Patriots added Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth to a defensive line that could use the help, plus Bill Belichick is always frightening with that kind of defensive talent at his disposal.
New England also added Chad Ochocinco on the offensive side of the ball.
Ochocinco should have a significant impact with Tom Brady delivering him the rock.
The Patriots improved this off-season more than New York did. There's no doubt the game will be close, but the improved Patriots defense may not allow the Jets offense to control the pace of the game the way they did in last season's playoff game.
Ochocinco will be a key player, if he can open up the outside passing for the Patriots it will go a long way towards neutralizing the Jets aggressive defense.
As is often the case, this game will come down to quarterback play.
Sanchez is on the rise and trying to prove the critics wrong and Brady is a future member of the hall of fame.
If Sanchez can out duel Brady, New York will have a good shot, but it's hard to go against Brady in that matchup.
At this point in the season the Jets just may not be ready, though expect the two teams to split the series, each taking a game at home.
Winner: Patriots 27-21
Record after week 5: 4-1
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