Jets Will Be Hoping For Week Two Miracle Against Patriots
The New York Jets will travel to Gillette Stadium in week two, Sept. 12, to face their archrival, the New England Patriots. The Jets will need everything to go their way to beat the Patriots.
The Jets have struggled against the Patriots the past two seasons. Patriots embarrassed the Jets at MetLife Stadium, Jets’ stadium, in a televised, primetime Thanksgiving game last season.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez ran into one of his offensive lineman’s butt, Brandon Moore, and fumbled the football. Patriots’ Strong Safety Steve Gregory recovered the football and returned it for a touchdown.
SportsCenter replays the ‘butt fumble’ every Friday as the “worst of the worst.” Sanchez and the Jets would love to get revenge for that Thanksgiving humiliation.
The key to the Jets winning the game is ball control.
Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the game. Brady led the team’s offense to the most offensive yards per game.
The longer Brady is standing on the sidelines or sitting on the bench, the better chance the Jets have of winning the game. The best way for the Jets to gain an advantage in ball control is through the running game.
Football fans and personnel know that Sanchez struggled tremendously last season. Recently acquired running back Chris Ivory, was a dynamic New Orleans Saints’ running back the past few seasons, which could help the Jets get the advantage in ball control.
Ivory has the potential to be a workhorse running back, where running backs like Thomas Jones and Curtis Martin have shined for the Jets. The more Ivory runs the ball, the greater chance the Jets will have of owning the advantage in ball control.
The other key to the Jets winning the game is forcing Tom Brady to rush passes.
Brady has only lost two Super Bowls in his legendary career to the New York Giants. Both times he lost were because of the Giants’ defensive line forcing Brady to rush his throws.
There is only one category Sanchez outperformed Brady in last season. The one category was effectiveness while under pressure.
Brady finished 25th among quarterbacks when he faced pressure. Brady completed only 55 of his 136 passes when he faced pressure.
The Jets made their defensive line stronger during the off-season by drafting Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Richardson had 10.5 tackles for losses and four sacks last season in arguably the toughest college conference, the Southeastern Conference or SEC.
Patriots have a better team than the Jets on paper; however, anything can happen when the teams play on primetime television, 8:25 p.m. The Patriots were favored to beat the Jets in the 2011 Divisional Playoffs, but that did not occur.