The New England Patriots might be heavy 13-point favorites against the New York Jets heading into Thursday night’s showdown, but not even losing Danny Amendola and Shane Vereen to injury Week 2 dissuades me from thinking Gang Green will get thumped enough for the cover.
However, I do admit this one tidbit about the Pats’ 23-21 Week 1 escape from the Buffalo Bills is cause for pause. According to Pro Football Focus, all nine touches on the Pats’ game-winning drive went to Amendola or Vereen. Then you factor in that Rob Gronkowski has pretty much no shot of making it back for Thursday and suddenly wonder who Tom Brady is going to trust.
Now this is where I walk it back a bit. There’s a certain level of trust in any offense that includes Brady and an elite offensive line. Brady’s as much a star-maker as any quarterback, and Kenbrell Thompkins, Julian Edelman and Co. are ready to be made stars.
I’m not betting on any receiver breaking out Thursday night, though I am liking Brady being efficient enough to hit New England at plus-13 and while the slew of offensive injuries hits the under at 43.5 total points. Take away the five points that were basically handed to New York last week at home, and the Jets would have tallied 13 against a team that punted every two seconds back in Week 1.
Brady will move the ball more and keep the ball out of the Jets hands. Capitalizing on baffling blitzes with screen passes and scrambles won’t be as fruitful for Geno Smith when it comes to Bill Belichick‘s personnel and defensive gameplan. Throw in a fresh Stevan Ridley emerging from the doghouse and eating the clock; This game has something between 20-6 and 31-10 written all over it.
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