Over the years, the New York Jets have tried to be a constant thorn in the sides of Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Regardless of records or expectations, New York always brings it’s A-game to Patriots Week.
Does that mean a Jets team that arguably hit rock bottom during a 41-10 thrashing at the hands of the Buffalo Bills (and a quarterback signed off the street just three days earlier) might give the perennial Super Bowl contenders from New England a real game?
It might be the only way head coach Todd Bowles saves his job.
But… Tom Brady and the Patriots went into their bye week with the bitter taste of defeat in their mouths, too. The 34-10 whipping at the hands of the Titans must be forgotten.
What better way to forget a drubbing than by rolling over a lesser team in the following game?
New England doesn’t lose twice in a row very often. They already suffered the ignominy of that feat once this season. They have never lost two in a row twice in the same season during the Belichick-Brady era.
New York still doesn’t know who will quarterback their team. It could be the young and mobile Sam Darnold, which would make this a game with the biggest age difference between quarterbacks ever.
If Darnold can’t get back on the field, Josh McCown will face the Patriots defense, making this a game between quarterbacks with the third highest total age in history.
Injuries and notes
Rob Gronkowski is still listed as questionable but expects to be on the field against the Jets. Julian Edelmann’s ankle and Dwayne Allen’s knee make them more questionable.
Sam Darnold’s foot makes him a game-day decision for the Jets.
Wide receiver Robbie Anderson (ankle) did not practice Wednesday putting his availability into question. Center Spencer Long’s broken finger puts him on the questionable list, too.
All season long, Todd Bowles was considered a safe bet to return in 2019 and enjoy a free agent shopping frenzy that would finally give him a roster of players he could turn into a winner. But the Jets didn’t just lose to the Bills before the bye. They rolled over and allowed the Bills to run up the score.
The team looked so bad that local sportswriters called for Bowles immediate firing. Bowles has punched his way through adversity before and while it would be a surprise to knock off the Patriots, it won’t surprise anyone if the team came out competitive and spirited.
Bill Belichick might have cut half his team during the game if they performed like the Jets did last week. Then, he would have picked up 25 new guys off the street and won the next game. The legend is real.
How to watch the Jets-Patriots game
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