JETS AT PATRIOTS, At GILLETTE STADIUM
WHEN: 1 p.m.
TV: Ch. 2
LINE: Patriots by 15
The Jets will take the sector for the ultimate time this season Sunday in Foxborough, two days after the crew introduced contract extensions for each head coach Todd Bowles and basic supervisor Mike Maccagnan. With a win, the Patriots will lock up residence subject benefit all through the playoffs.
Listed here are three keys to victory for Gang Inexperienced.
1. ACCURACY FROM BRYCE PETTY
Todd Bowles prompted a minor stir this week when he did not rule out enjoying second-year quarterback Christian Hackenberg in Sunday’s finale. It is doable followers may get their first regular-season take a look at the previous second-round decide. However Bryce Petty is beginning the sport. And if the Jets are going to have an opportunity, Petty, in his third straight begin filling in for the injured Josh McCown, should discover a method to be extra correct. In keeping with coaches, Petty is making the correct selections and figuring out open receivers, however sloppy footwork is stopping him from finishing passes persistently. “You must make these throws,” offensive coordinator John Morton mentioned this week. If Petty is struggling once more, Bowles might flip to Hackenberg within the second half.
2. DISRUPT TOM BRADY
This was a key when the Jets confronted the Patriots for the primary time this season at MetLife Stadium in October, and it is a key once more. Bowles’ cross rushers should get Brady off his spot Sunday. The Jets solely logged three quarterback hits in that first assembly, and the next quantity this weekend would go a great distance towards an upset victory. Brady is enduring an uncharacteristically poor stretch. He is thrown an interception in 5 straight video games, tying the longest stretch of his profession (Weeks 2-6 in 2002). Regardless of this, the Jets, after all, aren’t overlooking the long run Corridor of Famer. “This man makes my abdomen damage watching him,” defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers mentioned.
three. COVER GRONK
Masking Rob Gronkowski is nearly inconceivable. His mixture of dimension, pace, power and arms is unmatched within the NFL. Nonetheless, the Jets should gradual him down in the event that they need to cling with the Patriots Sunday. Plenty of that accountability will fall on rookie security Jamal Adams, who allowed Gronkowski to catch two touchdowns again in October. “Whenever you take a look at him, you actually should do it by committee. You’ll be able to’t say, ‘Nicely, we’ll lock this man on him,'” Rodgers mentioned of Gronkowski. “The man is extraordinarily gifted after which once you overload to handle him, you weaken your self.”
JETS: RT Brandon Shell (concussion) is OUT. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ribs, foot) is DOUBTFUL. DE Kony Ealy (knee), RB Matt Forte (knee) and RB Akeem Judd (ankle) are QUESTIONABLE.
PATRIOTS: DT Alan Department (knee), RB Rex Burkhead (knee) and RB Mike Gillislee (knee) are OUT. WR Chris Hogan (shoulder), DE Eric Lee (ankle, finger), S Devin McCourty (shoulder), WR Matt Slater (hamstring), LB Kyle Van Noy (calf), T LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) and RB James White (ankle) are QUESTIONABLE.