It’s safe to say the New York Jets and New England Patriots provide fans with one of the greatest rivals in the NFL–mainly because these two teams just seem to absolutely hate each other. So when the schedule was released for both teams during the offseason, the league knew what they were doing when tehy decided to end three games on Thanksgiving with these AFC East rivals.
Despite losing Rob Gronkowski to a broken forearm, the Patriots’ offense has been nearly unstoppable over the last four weeks–with their latest impressive performance coming last weekend during a 59-24 win over the Indianpolis Colts. There’s no question Gronkowski gives New England an advantage on offense considering he’s arguably the best pass-catching tight end in the league, but Tom Brady still has plenty of other reliable weapons in Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, and Aaron Hernandez (when he returns of course).
As for the Jets, they’re looking for their second-straight win after ending a three-game losing streak last weekend with their 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. Keep in mind New York arguably gave away the game to New England when these two teams met back in Week 7.
There’s nothing Rex Ryan and the Jets would love more than to spoil Thanksgiving for the Patriots on Thursday and keep their playoff hopes alive. Even though the offense has been nearly unstoppable over the last few weeks for the Patriots, it’s no secret their defense has struggled against opponents–which the Jets will look to take advantage of.
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