It is early in the 2013 NFL season, but there can still be important victories. Wins over a division opponent are vital. They help as far as contending for Playoff spots.
The New York Jets have been owned of late by head coach Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots. New York enters Thursday’s game having lost four straight contests in this series. Last year, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez introduced fans to the infamous “butt fumble.” Their first meeting was close, but Gang Green’s second defeat proved much more severe.
Prior to the season, New England obviously was predicted as the team who will achieve more. Despite changes on offense and a questionable defense, they still have quarterback Tom Brady. His presence alone makes them one of pro football’s contenders. Adding in the genius of head coach Bill Belichick also explains their aura. Their next opponent however, seemingly faced question marks at both key areas.
Veteran Sanchez has greatly seen his career deteriorate after a great start. Turnovers and bad decision-making contributed to him losing confidence. His shoulder injury has created opportunity for rookie Geno Smith.
While he performed well in his debut, this is only one game. There also are doubts in dealing with head coach Rex Ryan. Opinions from experts state that Ryan is better suited as a defensive coordinator. His quest to prove him viability as a leader continues against their archenemy. If Smith can make plays against Belichick’s strategy, that would be impressive.
Beating a supposedly superior team on the road would get New York to a 2-0 start. Doing so would also help their franchise in their quest to once again being taken seriously.