Jets vs. Patriots: Who Has the Advantage at Each Position?

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Jets vs. Patriots: Who Has the Advantage at Each Position?
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It’s Round 2 between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, and as has been the case for the past few seasons, a lot is riding on the line for both squads.

The Jets come into this Week 10 matchup with high expectations after a 30-21 loss to the Patriots in Week 5 at Gillette Stadium. That loss sparked a four-game winning streak with the Jets most recent victory coming over the AFC East-leading Buffalo Bills in convincing fashion, 27-11.

The Patriots, meanwhile, enter this game having dropped two straight against the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants, respectively.

With a three-way tie for the AFC East lead and the well-documented history of this rivalry, especially in recent years since the Jets have become a contending team, it’s hard to overlook such an exciting matchup with everything it brings to the table.

Last season, the Jets won the first meeting between these two teams 28-14, only to lose 45-3 in an embarrassing fashion during their Week 13 rematch. Of course we remember how that all turned out—the Jets defeated the Patriots in a memorable Divisional Playoff game, 28-21.

This season’s rematch brings that postseason atmosphere to MetLife Stadium, where the Jets’ eighth-ranked defense hopes to shut Tom Brady and the Patriots offense down. At the same time, Bill Belichick hopes to get his defense together for another big matchup after a generally strong performance in their upset defeat at the hands of the Jets’ stadium-mates, the New York Giants.

With a lot of characters in this matchup and a lot on the line, let’s look at how each team matches up  and who has the advantage.

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