Sunday January 16,2011
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA
Keys to Jets Victory:
1. Sanchez the Great: The kast time these two clubs played, Bill Belichick embarrassed the young signal-caller by confusing the heck out of him with elaborate blitzing schemes. If Sanchez is going to shake this label of not being able to perform in cold weather against good defenses, now is the time to do so. He simply must play with confidence that he has rarely shown.
2. Kill the clock: Simply put…this game rests squarely on the Jets’ ability to run the ball effectively. If they can do so, they can take the Pats fans out of the game, kill the clock and force the Patriots into obvious passing situations. If they can’t, then they’ll place too much pressure on Mark Sanchez to win the game and the whole offense will fall apart.
1. Give Brady no time- Tom Brady had all sorts of time to pick the Jets defense apart last time the two teams played. As New York could not effectively rush him, they may copy Cleveland’s gameplan from earlier this season of dropping as many as nine players into coverage occasionally. In any case, if Brady is allowed to get going, the Jets have no hope of winning.
2. Mark the tight ends- While Wes Welker and Deion Branch get the majority of looks in the passing game, tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have shown they can do tremendous damage when the ball is delivered to them. The Jets linebackers need to be organized and react quickly when one of them gets open. To let them roam free would be to invite disaster.
Prediction: Jets 24, Patriots 21
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Written by Frank Mazzola