1. The Jets do not scare me at all
The Jets are 9-5 and winners of 4 games in a row. This Sunday’s game has all the makings of a trap game for the Patriots. The Jets, who played a Saturday game last week, had an extra day to prepare for the Patriots. Also, this is the first of two road games for the Patriots to conclude the season.
I really like these two road games to end the season because it allows the players to spend more time together and build chemistry. As for the game, as long as we have Tom Brady, the Patriots should always be the favorites. Ryan Fitzpatrick does not stand a chance against a surging Patriots defense, lead by their strong front 7.
Last week against the Cowboys, Chris Ivory was held to 42 yards from scrimmage so the Patriots should also be able to contain him. On the defensive side of the ball, the leagues number one rush defense struggled last week. The Jets are going to be playing for their playoff lives this week, but they do not scare me one bit.
2. Injuries continue to mount
The Patriots lost Don’t’a Hightower, Danny Amendola, and Devin McCourty to injuries. The Patriots lead power back, LeGarrette Blount, was placed on IR with a hip injury after Sunday’s game.
How many more injuries can the Patriots afford before they finally start to crumble?
As long as number 12 is on the field, this team will always be okay. I expand this thought to include Rob Gronkowski because the Patriots are clearly a different team when Gronk is on the field. The good news is many of these players with week-to-week injuries should be good to go for the divisional round of the playoffs.
3. Pats bolster their running attack; reportedly sign Stevan Jackson
Brandon Bolden and James White both had solid games on Sunday. James White had 10 catches for 71 yards as the primary pass catching back. He also scored a touchdown. The signing of Stevan Jackson adds a power back the Patriots could use. He adds depth as an old man's version of Blount. This will also allow Brandon Bolden to return to playing on special teams.
If it does not work out for the Patriots, they will still have White and Bolden to take the carries. Practice squad member Joey Iosefa had 14 carries for 51 yards on Sunday. It will be interesting going forward to see if he can continue to contribute to the offense with similar numbers.
By Matt Nadworny