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Jets vs Pats

Rex Ryan, New York Jets
Joe Nicholson - US PRESSWIRE
The New York Jets welcome the New England Patriots to MetLife Stadium tonight in a key AFC East matchup on Thanksgiving Day. The Jets are 4-6 on the season and are hoping to keep their slim playoff chances alive while the Patriots are inching closer to another AFC East title. The game is set for an 8:20 pm ET kickoff.

The Jets might be catching the Patriots at a good time. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski is out of tonightís game after breaking his forearm in the Pats blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. Gronkowski has hurt the Jet ever since coming into the league and caught two touchdown passes in the Patriots 29-26 overtime victory over the Jets last month. Gronkowski has caught 53 passes for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season.

The Patriots will also be without rookie defensive lineman Chandler Jones and starting offensive guard Logan Mankins. Jones is a first round draft pick from Syracuse who currently leads the team with six sacks. He also has 34 tackles and three forced fumbles on the season. Mankins missed the Colts game as well.

Rex Ryanís team has started out 4-6 before. In his rookie season of 2009, the Jets started with the same record and eventually making the playoffs and reaching the AFC Championship game. The team will need quarterback Mark Sanchez to play like he did last week in the win over the St. Louis Rams. Sanchez completed 15-of-20 passes for 178 yards with one touchdown. The key for Sanchez and the offense is to not turn the football over and establish the running game.

Sanchez had his highest statistical output against the Patriots in the earlier loss. He completed 28-of-41 passes for 328 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Jets had opportunities to win that game but rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill had a big drop late in the fourth quarter and Sanchez got sacked and fumbled to end the game in overtime.

The teams have combined to play eleven games on Thanksgiving. The Jets are 4-3 all-time with three of their wins coming as members of the New York Titans in the AFL. The Jets won their last Thanksgiving game in 2010 with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots are 2-2 in their history with their last win coming in 2010 as well. They defeated the Detroit Lions in Detroit by a score of 45-24.
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Jets lose tough one

The Jets lost in Jet-like fashion yesterday. They dropped a 29-26 decision to the Pats in overtime. It was a roller coaster from start to finish where you thought they would lose by a lot and then you thought they had it won. The loss drops the Jets to 3-4 on the year and 2-1 in the AFC East.

The Pats got the ball first and our defense actually didnít allow a point. We then took our opening drive 76 yards on eleven plays for a touchdown. Shonn Greene ran the ball in for one-yard to give the Jets a 7-0 lead.

The lead lasted a whopping twelve seconds as ex-Scarlet Knight Devin McCourty ran the kickoff back 104 yards for the equalizer. He basically made one man missed and ran the rest of the way untouched. The Pats would go up on a Rob Gronkowski touchdown and a safety to lead 16-7.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
Mark Sanchez threw a horrific interception when he had Stephen Hill running up the field untouched. The ball looked like a punt and the Patriots defender caught it on the one-yard line. The Jets would trail 16-10 at the half.

The Jets scored a field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter but it should have been much more. The Jets were converting every short third down but for some reason went shotgun on a third and one from the three yard line. The Sanchez throw to Chaz Schilens went incomplete. This would have been the perfect time for Tim Tebow who is a beast on the goal line and short yardage. I really donít understand why they traded for him if theyíre not going to use him.

The Pats would go up ten points in the fourth quarter on another Gronkowski touchdown. I thought it was over at this point but Sanchez got hot. He started to play like a franchise quarterback and was making some great throws especially to Jeremy Kerley. Kerley had 120 yards on seven catches.

Sanchez got the team within three with a touchdown pass to Dustin Keller which was his first of the season. It was a great throw by Sanchez between defenders. Things got crazy after this point. The Jets defense held and the Jets got the ball back. They were driving for a score when Stephen Hill dropped a sure first down inside the Patriots fifteen-yard line. This was huge as it would have allowed the Jets to eat more clock and potentially score seven points.

The Jets would tie it on another Nick Folk field goal. They made a great play on the kickoff and forced a fumble by McCourty and you thought the game was in the bag at this point. They got conservative though and tried running on the first two downs. Sanchez makes a bonehead mistake on third down by tacking a sack. It was said he was looking for Kerley but he fell down. He still should have thrown the ball away. The Jets went up three points but gave Brady took much time left.

The Pats tied the game at the end of regulation when he took the team right down the field. The Jets just couldnít get any pressure. The Pats got the ball first in overtime and kicked another field goal. The Jets started to move the ball on their last drive but Sanchez made another crucial mistake as he fumbled the ball on a sack. Itís worrisome that he still doesnít know when to take a sack or when to throw a football away.

There is blame to go all over this game. You can start with Mark, the play-calling, why Rex went to a prevent defense, etc. The bottom line is we could have been 4-3 and 3-0 in the division with this win. They never do anything easy and they just break your hearts year after year.

They will play a must win at home next Sunday against the Dolphins before going into the bye week.
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Patriot Week

We are heading into week seven of the NFL season and it has come to Patriots week for the Jets. There normally is a lot of hype going into this game but there hasnít been much said so far. It probably is the fact that both teams have been mediocre at 3-3 on the season.

New England Patriots, Tom Brady
Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The Jets are coming off a 35-9 win at home against the Colts while the Pats were beaten in Seattle by the Seahawks on Sunday. The Pats opened up as 11.5 point favorites which seems pretty steep to me. Iím guessing Las Vegas feels the Patriots are going to beat us pretty good.

The key for the game is going to come down to the run game. If the Jets can run the ball like they did on the Colts we have a great shot of winning the game. The scary part to me is how we stop the Patriots offense. We havenít had a pass rush all season except for the last game against the Colts. If we sit back and give Brady time to throw it will be a long afternoon.

The Patriots have been running the ball effectively all season up until last game. Weíve also had trouble stopping the run except for the past week so weíre going to find out if last week was a true sense of both teams. We donít normally play well in Foxboro but we need to get a split the next two games against AFC East opponents. We play Miami at home after the Pats.
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