As I discussed in my previous article, the New York Jets will begin the season 0-1 after a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. Unfortunately for Gang Green, division rivals the New England Patriots await them in week two.
The Jets season is going down quicker than Paula Deen’s career.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s take an in-depth look into the factors contributing to Week 2’s game.
Offensive Factor: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley. If anyone was lucky (or insightful enough) to pick up Ridley for their fantasy team last season, they know how much of a threat he can be to an opposing team. Last year, the Patriots were first in running touchdown’s, due in large part to Ridley’s efforts. This year, New England will most likely not have Conan the Barbar… I mean Rob Gronkowski for the first few weeks, and Aaron Hernandez is spending his offseason re-thinking his life choices. This, coupled with the question marks surrounding Danny Amendola, means that the run attack will be the Patriots bread and butter in this game.
Defensive Factor: Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson. As our own Michael Terrill wrote in his article, Wilkerson is poised to have himself a great year. A year which I hope will be defined by games like this one. If the Jets have any hope of winning, Wilkerson and the rest of the defensive line must hold the Patriots run game and sack Tom Brady. Dominating the line of scrimmage may not guarantee a good Jets offense, but it can certainly keep our boys in the game.
X Factor: Jets receiver Stephen Hill. The receiver may have a bad reputation for dropped passes, but if he hopes to become a success, he must prove himself in games like this one. New England has a decent corner in Aqib Talib, who will most likely cover Jeremy Kerley. This leaves it up to Hill to stretch the field and make those deep receptions the Patriots fear. If Hill can improve, then the game becomes a lot closer and the Jets may not embarrass themselves as they are more likely to do in Week 1.
Quarterback Watch: By Week two, Jets fans will be calling for Geno Smith. But Ryan will not give up on Sanchez unless he absolutely must, which will most likely come with the dreaded “F.S.P.B.S.” stretch of the season. But more on that in Week 5.
Final Score: Patriots – 17, Jets – 10
Jets W-L: 0-2
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