Patriots - Jets: What They Have To Do

There are various keys to games for the Patriots and the Jets. Patriots Insider Jon Scott shares an inside look at what each team has to do to win on Sunday.


Overcome The Weather - The weather in New England is forecast for snow, wind and possible rain showers. It's the perfect day to ruin a good passing attack - the Patriots favorite type of offense. New England has to find a way to overcome the conditions to get the ball downfield to their receivers. Likely the 40-yard pass play will be out of the game plan, but 15-20 yard plays should still be available.

Stop The Run - If New England can't slow down the Jets running game, they may not be able to put distance between themselves and New York on the scoreboard. If New England can stack the line to challenge the Jets to pass the ball, New York will have a tough day. The Jets passing attack has struggled all season, and without a complimentary running game, could be a real handicap for them.

Special Teams Must Be Solid -- In a battle of field position, or what will likely unusual conditions, this unit must be solid. Leon Washington is one of the best kick returners in the league, and has three returns for a touchdown. The Patriots need to keep Washington contained on the kick returns. Field goals and punts will be interesting with the long snapping and ball handling. A missed kick or punt could turn into a costly turnover or missed opportunity.


Get Pressure On Brady - If Tom Brady has all day to find an open man, the Jets secondary can thank the front seven for making their next-to-impossible job completely impossible.

Maintain Possession - Long sustained drives will be key for the Jets. Exposing their 27th ranked defense to more and more Tom Brady and crew will make a challenging goal (scoring enough points to stay in the game), impossible. The Jets have averaged103.4 yards per game on the ground. The Patriots have given up 99.6 yards per game.

Keep All The Receivers Covered - By far the toughest challenge the Jets have on Sunday is to keep Randy Moss in check while not allowing Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney to find openings in the middle of the deep middle. The attention Moss demands, has opened up things for the other receivers to the point where Welker leads the team in receptions (93).

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