This Monday, the 2-5 New England Patriots will travel to face the 0-8 New York Jets. The Pats are coming off four straight losses against mediocre teams.
New England began the season, with hopes of reaching the playoffs, led by quarterback Cam Newton. They looked great to start the season, but have really struggled recently. Newton seems to be injured as his level of play has drastically declined. Last week, the Pats faced the Buffalo Bills and made it a very close game, almost pulling off the victory. This will be the first time in 11 years that the Jets face the Pats without Tom Brady. It has been five years since the Jets beat the Pats and Vegas does not think the Jets will break the streak as they set the line for the game at seven points in favor of the road team.
The last time these two teams played, the Jets offense was a mess and their defense was not much better. However, the Jets will likely look way worse this time around. Surprisingly, the Jets weren’t very active at the trade deadline. They shipped starting linebacker Avery Williamson to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 5th round pick. General manager Joe Douglas decided to keep safety Marcus Maye and wide receiver Jamison Crowder. The Jets have begun to have their eyes on the future. Gang Green will hope to showcase rookies Denzel Mims and La’Mical Perine on Monday night in front of a national audience. With starting safety Bradley McDougald injured, rookie Ashtyn Davis will be starting opposite Maye.
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The Patriots came into the season poised to be a more dynamic team. Even though they lost star quarterback Tom Brady, the Pats being the Pats still had playoff aspirations. Legendary coach Bill Belichick has had a tough time this season keeping his team disciplined as they have struggled with penalties all season. Running backs James White and Damien Harris will see a lot of touches against the Jets’ poor run defense. The Pats will look to continue their success on defense against Sam Darnold. The last time these two teams played, Darnold was “seeing ghosts.”
Head coach Adam Gase has given away his play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. Loggains has done a better job than Gase, and Darnold looks more comfortable as he has been given the chance to throw on the run. However, Loggains has to stop giving the big load of carries to Frank Gore. The Jets season is over, they have to start looking ahead to the future and it starts with taking carries away from a 37-year-old running back and instead of giving them to the rookie Perine. Denzel Mims has flashed serious potential the last two weeks, leading the Jets in yards in both games.
On defense, Quinnen Williams will look to continue his dominant season, as he is beginning to show why he was drafted 3rd overall. But, his game status remains questionable as he hasn’t practiced all week. With the trade of Avery Williamson, linebacker Blake Cashman will be the starting. He showed flashes last year and the Jets hope he continues it into this year.
Another season has come and gone before November. With all eyes on Trevor Lawrence, Jets fans should watch Ohio State play on Saturday to see stud quarterback Justin Fields. The Jets will be playing on primetime and it may be the last time the nation watches Sam Darnold in a Jets uniform. Hopefully, Sam does well and can boost his trade value. The Jets will likely be unmotivated to play and have a tough time against the Patriots defense. Jets fans should keep their eyes on Denzel Mims and he is showing the potential to be a #1 receiver for them in the future.