*The Patriots win over the Buffalo Bills was spearheaded by a dominant running game. The Patriots offensive line took advantage of an undersized Buffalo front seven, and with the combination of Lawrence Maroney and Corey Dillon ran all over them. Don't expect the same thing to happen this week. The Jets are more stout in the Front Seven than Buffalo. New England will have some success running, but not get the close to 200 yards they got last week . . .
*If the Jets can protect quarterback Chad Pennington, he should be able to do a lot of damage against the Patriots cornerbacks. The Patriots don't have a #1 cornerback with Asante Samuel, Randall Gay and Ellis Hobbs handling the first three spots. And let's not forget that Jets coach Eric Mangini was the Patriots former secondary coach, and knows the weaknesses of these three players. He knows how to exploit them . . .
*If left guard Pete Kendall can't play, expect to see guard/center Wade Smith to possibly see some action at left guard. The Patriots defensive line is huge, and could present problems for backup left guard Norm Katnik, who struggled against the Titans enormous defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Katnik is undersized . . .
*Expect the Jets to have a big advantage in the return game. The Patriots two dynamic returners from last year - punt returner Tim Dwight and kick returner Bethel Johnson are gone, and they are still trying to figure out who to use at each position. The Jets combination of kick retuner Justin Miller and Dwight, if he plays, are much more of a threat than what the Pats have.
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