Heading into the year there was no perceived way that the Jets could play with the Patriots.
NY knows it could make a huge statement to the entire league if it beats New England, which would also be the Jets' first four-game winning streak since they won five straight two seasons ago capped by that last victory over the Patriots.
The long-time Jets linebacker was preparing for his 11th season with NY as late as June when ownership decided it made more sense to cut costs, parting ways with a number of high-profile veterans, including Harris. The Jets surprising start has done nothing to sway odds makers apparently. New England is 52-41 against the Jets since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, and has won 10 of the last 12 regular-season meetings, including last year's 41-3 drubbing on Christmas Eve, when Tom Brady had three first-half touchdown passes. It's a quarterback-friendly type offense, like New Orleans runs. The Jets also gave up 140 yards against the Browns, a week after allowing 175 to the Jaguars.
They are the number one scoring team in the league, but only one of their three wins is by more than ten points. He goes to the rival Patriots and wins a Super Bowl while his former team struggles to win a game after unceremoniously cutting him in June after an OTA practice.
"Kony's basically played end, defensive end in their system", he said on a conference call Monday.
The Jets defense is allowing an average of three 20+ yard passing plays per game. Maybe they turn it up this week but it just hasn't been there so far. "Based on every game, game-plan situations, so forth, we'll try to do what we feel like is best for the team like we always do". RB Matt Forte remains sidelined with turf toe, which means rookie Elijah McGuire could start against the Patriots if neither Forte nor Powell can play. By capitalizing on explosive offensive weapons early in the game, the Patriots can force McCown into a game situation where he has been at his worst this year. He's created some pressure on the quarterback. The injury was identified by Ian Rapoport as an AC joint sprain in the quarterback's left shoulder, indicative of the kind of beating he has taken this year. The surprising start by the Jets should get head coach Todd Bowles a contract extension.
Fantasy Notes: On the Jets side, Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a tight end that is on the rise and I wouldn't be surprised if he scores a touchdown and has more than five catches in this game.
"Some were questionable, some were ticky-tack", Bowles said of the flags. "But either way, we have to get them down". His last kick at MetLife Stadium was a 41-yard OT victor against the Jaguars in Week 4, his fifth game-winning field goal of his career. "We've just got to keep riding that wave". In addition, two of McCown's four interceptions this season have come while the Jets were down by at least two possessions.
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