Analysis: Here come the Jets. Rex Ryan didn't have to tell anyone in New England they were coming to Foxboro this Sunday as the Jets head up I95 and the Mass Pike to face their heated rivals. Ryan's Jets are 3-4 against the Pats, including a AFC Divisional Round win that shocked the NFL. These aren't those Jets, and in fact, these aren't those Patriots. Both teams, along with the rest of the AFC East and seven others in the AFC, come in at 3-3. There will be no love lost between both sides come Sunday, and there wasn't any leading up to the game. Ryan said this week he dreams of the day his Jets will overtake the Patriots in the AFC East and he didn't come to Gang Green to lose to the Patriots. He went so far as to say that New England knows that he expects the Jets to win.
Something feels different about this matchup. Both sides have glaring weaknesses, the Jets can't throw and the Patriots can't play against the pass. Works out for both sides. The Jets will depend on their ground and pound, whatever that is and whomever is running, to beat the Patriots. The Pats will rely on the arm of Tom Brady, breaking news there, to get by their division rivals. The Jets just don't have the personnel on defense to stop the likes of Welker, Lloyd, Gronk, Hernandez and Ridley. The Pats will be able to do just about anything they please on offense and their no huddle will give Ryan fits on the sidelines.
You didn't expect to read a Jets preview without hearing about some guy named Tebow did you? Rex Ryan blew everyone's mind this week, including Skip Bayless, when he said he would consider using Tebow has a running back. If it wasn't enough to have him as a punt protector, this is so out of bounds it is in the upper decks. I don't see him getting many snaps behind center this week, especially after the two games his Broncos lost year against Brady and the Pats. Is Sanchez the answer? No one will ever be able to answer that question. This weekend, he gives the Jets the best chance to win giving what the Patriots will show on defense and the options they have on offense. I can see him taking a few shots down field against a secondary that looks as if they just got done tailgating.
Prediction: Being able to pick a Jets and Patriots affair is nearly impossible, just look at their recent history, the team expecting to win usually doesn't. With that said, I can't see the Patriots losing at home to this Jets team, especially after the loss the suffered last Sunday. Sorry Rex, not this time.