|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Bet on the NFL The Patriots travel to the MetLife Stadium to confront the Jets in one of the most exciting match ups of Week 10.
The New York Jets appear to be the minor favorites and go into the game on hot form. New England's early year promise has waned recently as they are going to look to steer clear of a third straight loss this Sunday. The last time these two teams squared up was in Week 5. At that time the New England Patriots went into the game up as minor favorites and it was the Jets who were trying to avoid a third straight loss. They ended up at the top with a 30-21 win.
At that point of the season a lot of pundits were quick to disregard the New York Jets chances of reaching the post season. After the week 5 loss was fast followed up by a win at Miami which has catapulted the New York Jets on to a great run of form, that early judgment has now been shown to be a error. That has made them one of the hottest squads in the league at this time.
This makes the New York Jets minor faves for this match up but, just as it was wrong to write them off after a 3 game slide, it would furthermore be wrong to write off the Patriots chances. They are going to be itching for the opportunity to prove to the critics and their supporters that they're still a solid squad. They've already proved that they might beat the Jets this year and two losses does not make a poor squad.
The Jets' starting offense has been bolstered by the return of Nick Mangold. This has been demonstrated in the yard rushing progress to over 100 yards since his return. Formerly the Jets struggled in this regard, managing an average of just 75 yards in the 1st 5 competitions of the year.
The Jets concentrated on running the ball in the last meeting. This played into the hands of the Patriots defense. This time they should look to throw passes any time the chance arises, placing strain on the New England Patriots pass defense. The great offense and bruising defense which took them to the AFC Championship matches should be the Jets' focus and they're likely to focus on rekindling them. They're going to have a much higher potential for making the post season matches if they're able to find that.