I previously predicted that the New York Jets would fail in Week 2 against the New England Patriots. When it comes to divisional games, the two teams usually split their two game for the season as they know each other very well. This is not even mentioning that they draft to keep up with one another. Given this information, you’d think we’d be talking about another upset in the Jets’ dreaded “F.P.S.B.S.” stretch of the season.
Well tough luck, New York. The team is in for a beating.
That said, this will be an enjoyable game. Week 6 should be the point when Geno Smith takes over as the quarterback, and it is for that reason that us fans can get excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But enough gushing. Here are the factors for the Week 7 matchup.
Offense: Stevan Ridley and Danny Amendola … oh, and Santonio Holmes. That’s right, boys and girls, it’s a toss up. Week 7 will be the convergence of a few different scenarios. The first is the “Amendola effect.” By this point of the season, Amendola will usually be putting up great numbers thanks to his elite quarterback; but just when he looks poised to become a star, he gets injured.
I suspect the same will happen this season, and Week 7 will be the game. Ridley, however, won’t mind that at all, as I believe him to be an elite rusher who will all but carry this team to the playoffs with their thin receiving core.
On the Jets side, I also believe Holmes will make his reappearance sometime around this game. His reception will not be the best as the length of time he’s spent out has marginalized him in the eyes of Jets fans (can you say “he doesn’t even go here?”). If he can be at least decent, we might have a game on our hands.
Defense: Dawan Landry. When Landry’s older brother, LaRon Landry played for the Jets last year, I believed he and Antonio Cromartie were the crowning jewels of the defense. Now we have another Landry, and his numbers have been solid with his previous teams. The safety position for the Jets should be clear by Week 7, and it is my hope that Landry earns the top spot over the likes of Antonio Allen and co.
Oh, what I would give to see a safety blitz smack Brady down.
X-Factor: Billy Cundiff. That’s right. The Jets will have no chance of winning unless their newly-signed kicker can shake off his bad stigma (type in Billy Cundiff jokes on Google and thank me later).
Quarterback watch: As Smith will now be quarterback, the only watching the press will have to do is the butt-fumble play … for all eternity.
Score: Patriots 35 — Jets 17
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