Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have a prime opportunity to create some real separation between themselves and everyone else in the AFC East on Sunday afternoon. The Pats take on the 3-3 New York Jets who struggled to get anything going on offense last Sunday.
When they faced each other earlier in the season it was a defensive battle with Brady missing two of his favorite weapons in Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski. Don’t expect that to change much with Amendola nursing a concussion from last week and Gronkowski’s health status remaining up in the air.
Brady will have to once again go on the road and try to get it done with an unknown cast of characters. Guys like rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins and return specialist Julian Edelman are what Brady has had to make due with for a majority of this season.
Despite this, Brady miraculously has the Patriots at 5-1 and quite comfortably in the lead in the division. The Patriots suffered another injury, this time on defense with middle linebacker and leader Jerod Mayo now out for the season. He and Vince Wilfork were arguably their two biggest pieces on defense, and now they are both lost for the season.
With all the turmoil, especially with injuries, that the Patriots have had to endure it is a minor miracle that the Pats have the record they do. Give Brady and mastermind Bill Belichick all the credit. They simply find a way to get it done even with a patchwork group of players on both sides of the ball.
The Pats and Jets battles always seem to be wars regardless of record. Belichick and Jets head coach Rex Ryan have no love lost that’s for sure. The Pats may be shorthanded once again, but as long as they have Brady and Belichick it doesn’t seem to matter.