TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Weather: High 65, Low 46
Line: New England (-4)
The New England Patriots are coming off their biggest win of the season against the once-unbeaten New Orleans Saints. Tom Brady was himself once again as he engineered a solid last-minute drive that led to the game-winning touchdown with just five seconds left in the contest. Brady’s receivers seem to be dropping like flies as tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to step on the field for a game this season and Danny Amendola was knocked out cold in the game against the Saints in week six. Brady has 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns on the season despite having nearly no one to throw to. Julian Edelman has been his favorite target on the season thus far, catching 41 Brady passes for 411 yards and two scores while Kenbrell Thompkins is still the hero over last week’s touchdown catch to win.
On the other side of the field, the New York Jets have been one of the most surprising teams in the league in 2013. Geno Smith has taken over for the injured Mark Sanchez at quarterback and turned New York from a joke into a serious contender. Smith has 1,490 yards and seven touchdowns on the year and is proving to be a solid draft choice for the 3-3 Jets within striking distance of the first place Patriots. Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes have been the rookie quarterback’s favorite options at the receiver position. Hill has caught a team-high 18 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown while Holmes has just 10 catches for 243 yard and a score. Bilal Powell leads the 14th-ranked rush attack with 360 yards and a touchdown on 87 carries.
Defensively, the Patriots have an average squad, ranking 14th in the league in yards allowed per game, but rank fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game. The one problem with the Patriots’ defense is their inability to stop the run, ranking 24th in the league in run defense. The Jets have one of the top defenses in the league, ranking 4th in the league in terms of yards allowed as well as second in the NFL in rush yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Jets 20