When the Patriots are on offense:
In addition to being tops in yards per game and first downs per game, New England boasts the NFL's second-best third-down offense. Conversely, the Jets' defense has been awful on third down, so that will be a major deciding factor Sunday.
When the Patriots are on defense:
Only two teams are giving up less yards per carry than New England, thanks to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and the Patriots' stout front-seven. The Jets need to control the clock and run well on first and second down to have a chance.
A Patriots strength:The Patriots have forced a league-most 13 fumbles, recovering 10 of them, which is three more than any other defense has recovered.
A Patriots weakness:
Nothing has changed here. The Patriots' pass defense is still the team's weakest link. No team has given up more passing touchdowns than the Patriots, and New England has given up a league-most 33 passing plays of 20 yards or more.
Matchup to watch:
Patriots tight ends vs. middle of Jets' defense. Without having Darrelle Revis to stick on the opposing offense's hot hand, Gang Green will have to play straight-up defense, with Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson strictly on the outside and the linebackers and safeties trying to slow down Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Good luck.
With the Patriots returning home coming off a very disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, this has the look of an uphill battle for the Jets. That said, this game never goes as expected.