In each of their last four regular-season games, the Patriots struggled against the run. Look at these numbers — Tennessee's Travis Henry (102 yards), Houston's Ron Dayne (94 yards), Jacksonville's Maurice Drew (131 yards) and Miami's Sammy Morris (123 yards).
Kevan Barlow, who actually had his best game in New England (75 yards), has knee and calf issues, and will likely be inactive.
If Wilfork doesn't play, this will really help the Jets' cause. There is a dropoff to his backup Mike Wright. It will also help the Jets if the Patriots' hard-hitting strong safety Rodney Harrison (shoulder) can't play in this game.
Losing free safety Eugene Wilson to a season-ending groin injury also has hurt the Patriots' run defense.
As per usual, inside linebacker Ted Bruschi leads the Pats in tackles. Another force against the run is Richard Seymour — who has been to five Pro Bowls in six years.