Patriots-Jets Free Pick
The trash talking has already started between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, who will meet in East Rutherford, New Jersey this Sunday at 1:00PM ET.
Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan got the smack talk going this summer when he said that he wouldn’t be intimidated by Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick. Then New York safety Kerry Rhodes indicated that he and his teammates were going to try and embarrass the Patriots.
Usually, the Pats don’t take kindly to opposing players and coaches running their mouths. So this Sunday’s battle between these two AFC East teams is going to be interesting to say the least.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com has made the Patriots 4-point road favorites over the Jets. The over/under total for this matchup has been established at 46.
The last time these two teams met, the Jets edged the Pats 34-31 in New England on November 13 of last year. But New England got the best of the Jets in New York on September 13 in a 19-10 victory.
The key to this game will be whether or not the Jets can slow down Tom Brady and New England’s high-powered passing attack. Considering that the Jets have one of he better young defensive backfields in the league, we think that New York will at least be able to slow Brady, Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
The Jets need to generate a pass rush, though. Last week in Houston, Ryan’s defense harassed Matt Schaub and the Texans. So if they can get after Brady, the Patriots could have a tough time winning this game without a running game.
The Patriots didn’t look like the same team defensively last Monday as they have been under Belichick over the past decade. One would think that Belichick would make mincemeat out of a rookie quarterback like Mark Sanchez. But Belichick won’t have middle linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee injury) at his disposal this Sunday and the Pats might have trouble stopping a Jets running game that rushed for 190 yards last weekend at Houston.
We like taking the home team getting points in this matchup and recommend taking the under since the total has fallen under in four of the Jets’ last five games.
Our NFL Free Picks for this Week 2 matchup are: NEW YORK JETS +4 and UNDER 46.
209 New England Patriots –4 Over 45 Moneyline –190
210 New York Jets +4 Under 45 Moneyline +165
New England is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
New England is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games on the road
NY Jets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against New England
NY Jets are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against New England
New England Patriots
Mark LeVoir, T, P-U-P List
Jerod Mayo, LB, Out Week 2 (knee)
Dan Connolly, C, Questionable Week 2 (back)
Julian Edelman, WR, Questionable Week 2 (ankle)
Steve Neal, G, Questionable Week 2 (back)
Rob Ninkovich, LB, Questionable Week 2 (calf)
Myron Pryor, DT, Questionable Week 2 (calf)
Matt Slater, WR, Questionable Week 2 (elbow)
Wes Welker, WR, Questionable Week 2 (knee)
Terrence Wheatley, CB, Questionable Week 2 (knee)
Tom Brady, QB, Probable Week 2 (right shoulder)
Adalius Thomas, LB, Probable Week 2 (foot)
New York Jets
Calvin Pace, LB, Out Until Week 5 (suspension)
Kris Jenkins, DT, Questionable Week 2 (back)
Sione Pouha, DT, Questionable Week 2 (ankle)
Wallace Wright, WR, Questionable Week 2 (hamstring)
Kellen Clemens, QB, Probable Week 2 (right elbow)
Mike Devito, DE, Probable Week 2 (hamstring)
Shonn Greene, RB, Probable Week 2 (rib)
Bryan Thomas, LB, Probable Week 2 (ankle)
Jamaal Westerman, LB, Probable Week 2 (quadricep)
Posted: 9/20/09 8:00AM ET