TV Schedule: Thursday, Sept. 12, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Weather: Low 65, High 87
Line: New England (-13)
The New England Patriots are entering week two with a win under their belt. It wasn’t pretty, impressive nor was it what anyone thought it would be, but the Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills, 23-21. Tom Brady performed well, but didn’t have the best accuracy, completing 29 of 52 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. A costly fumble on the goal line in the third quarter prevented another Patriots touchdown which would have made the score 24-21 and would have seemingly put New England up for good. Shane Vereen rushed for 101 yards on 14 carries but has been placed on IR following wrist surgery. Expect Stevan Ridley to get the bulk of the carries in week two. Wide out Danny Amendola is expected to miss this week’s game after suffering a groin injury during his 10-catch, 104-yard performance in week one.
On the other side of the field, the New York Jets are coming off what some people would call a relatively surprising win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets were one of the only teams who weren’t favored to win last week while playing at home. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith had a solid first game of his career, completing 24 of 38 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. Smith also led the team in rushing, sadly, with six carries for 47 yards. Kellen Winslow was the top receiver at tight end, catching seven passes for 79 yards and a score. The real hero was Nick Folk who kicked the game-winning field goal with time expiring.
Defensively, the Patriots held the Bills in check in week one. Allowing just 15 first downs and 286 total yards, New England had what it took to take the Bills rookie E.J. Manuel down. New York had an even better performance, allowing just 12 first downs and 250 yards. The Jets made quarterback Josh Freeman look silly while forcing two turnovers. Overall, New England will hold the Jets in check.
PREDICTION: Jets 16, Patriots 31
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