Patriots Host Jets In Week Two Action

Patriots Host Jets In Week Two Action

 
The New York Jets were lucky in their week one match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a late hit on rookie QB Geno Smith the Jets were put into field goal range and won a game they should have lost. They may need a bunch more luck with the Patriots who although had a tough fought battle with the Bills in week one should be more warmed up for their match-up with the Jets.

The Patriots offense chugged along great against Buffalo with 431 total offensive yards including 158 on the ground and 273 yards in the air. The running game has been most improved for the Patriots with Shane Vereen who had 14 carries for 101 yards, and Stevan Ridley who had 9 carries for 46.

Tom Brady ended up with 29 completions on 52 attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns. WR Danny Amendola showed if he can stay healthy he will be a great target for Brady with 10 catches for 104 yards in his debut for the Patriots. Julian Edelman also found his niche in the receiving game with 7 catches 79 yards and two scores against the Bills.

Rookie QB Geno Smith had a very rough start to his NFL career but quickly started looking more like an NFL quarterback as the game against the Buccaneers went on. With QB Mark Sanchez having his shoulder injured Smith took over for the Jets and will now likely start the rest of the year as Sanchez injury diagnosis came back as a separated shoulder and likely to miss the rest of the season.

Smith ended the game 24-38 for 256 yards, a touchdown, and an interception which is not bad at all for a rookie in his first NFL game. However his lack of offensive weapons must be a scary situation for the young rookie QB. The Jets lack an efficient run game with Bilal Powell running 12 times for only 29 yards and Chris Ivory 10 rushes for only 15 yards against the Bucs. They also have just about nothing that resembles a first or even a solid second receiving option in Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, and Santonio Holmes. Tight end Kellen Winslow may end up being Geno Smith’s best target, Winslow caught 7 passes for 79 yards in the first week of regular season.

If the New York Jets are to have any chance in this match-up against the New England Patriots then the defense will have to give them great field position to provide solid opportunities for their offense to score. I doubt this will be the case and the Patriots should win this one easily to start the season with a 2-0 record.

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