Three Things To Watch: Jets vs. Pats

A quick look at the the three things Jets fans will need to watch for this Sunday if New York is to come away from Foxboro with a victory.

The Jets are hoping to avenge and revenge their 45-3 loss to the Patriots in Week 13. This Sunday's divisional playoff game would be the perfect way to do just that.

Three reasons why the Jets will win on Sunday:

1. The Jets Are Flying High:

After Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts in the Wild Card round, the Jets couldn't be much more confident heading into Sunday's game at Foxboro. The team is in a 3-1 stretch of play that includes an impressive and gritty win at Pittsburgh and a blowout over Buffalo to close out the regular season. With the memory of the Monday night loss to the Patriots still fresh in their minds, the Jets are a suddenly confident bunch. "Right now, it's a brand new season for us and every week is a fresh chance," tight end Dustin Keller said. The Jets took a similar approach last year en route to riding their sixth seed all the way to the AFC Championship Game. It's a formula that works for this team and can be used on Sunday to beat New England.

2. Rex Is Motivated:

On Monday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that he needs to be a better coach then he was in Week 13 when his Jets team got trounced by Bill Belichick's Patriots. The Jets were in complete disarray throughout the game, with New York looking unable to compete with the Patriots multiple personnel grouping. "It's about him against me and that's what it's going to come down to. When you look at it, both teams are very even. When you look at the players, our teams are solid across the board. If you look at the assistant coaches, we're on level ground," Ryan said. "This is going to be about me raising my level against Bill Belichick." The Jets have vowed to simplify a defensive scheme that was too cumbersome last time in Foxboro and will go with their ground game to try and keep the Patriots offense off the field. The talent between these two teams is close, but Ryan will want to atone for that loss six weeks ago.

3. More Tomlinson:

As clutch as Antonio Cromartie's two kickoff returns was on Saturday and as spectacular as Braylon Edwards grab on the game's last drive was, it was LaDainian Tomlinson who spurred the team's offense all game long. Leading the team in rushing against the Colts with 82 yards, Tomlinson also added four catches for 17 yards and was crucial in the Jets winning the battle in the time of possession. The Jets can win if they get first downs and keep that clock ticking and there is still no one better in the league then the 31-year old running back at getting open out of the backfield. In Week 13, Tomlinson had just 24 yards of total offense against New England and the Jets will need to utilize him more than in their Monday night loss. With Tomlinson getting yards and getting attention from the seven players New England will put in the box, things can and will open up for tight end Dustin Keller and the other receivers.


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