On Thursday September 12, the New England Patriots still come in as an 11 point favorite over the New York Jets. Despite all of the injuries on New England’s offense, Tom Brady is convinced that the Patriots have plenty of offensive weapons. If Danny Amendola isn't available for 60 minutes, then the Patriots' offense could struggle mightily.
Both teams enter the game after an opening week victory. They both won on game winning field goals in the final seconds. While the Patriots are at home, the Jets have mustered up some hope with all of their injuries. Still, New England has won 11 straight games vs AFC East opponents.
Embattled running back, Stevan Ridley is ready to go after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Buffalo Bills. He also gave up a costly fumble in his limited action. Otherwise, Ridley played well when toting the ball. He gained 46 yards on nine carries. What makes Ridley even more important is the loss of Shane Vereen to a broken hand. Vereen had over 150 yards of total offense on Sunday.
Tom Brady has to get on the same page with a plethora of new receivers. It looks like Danny Amendola will be lost with a groin injury due to the short week. That makes Julian Edelman and Kembrell Thompkins his go to receivers on Thursday night.
This game is very important to the New York Jets and the development of Geno Smith. Geno had a nice first outing in a win, but now he has to take his first road test of his career. It’s imperative for the offense to get off to a new start Thursday night.
In similar fashion to last week, Geno Smith must make the right reads and escape the pocket when necessary. Not known as running quarterback, it might have been his best display of running ability ever in week one.
The Jets should have more room for a running game against New England. They didn’t get much done in the conventional running game, so they used numerous plays running the wildcat. One of those player’s Jeremy Kerley is out with a concussion.
The Verdict: The Jets defense must play to another level on Thursday night. If the front four can get pressure on Brady, then the defensive backs should be able to withstand the onslaught of option routes by the New England receivers. This game will be very close barring an inordinate amount of turnovers by New York.
New York Jets 20
New England 17