Each week throughout the NFL season, Keezy W will pick what he feels is the best game of the week based on importance, rivalry, and/or subplot. He shall attempt to analyze key match-ups and make a pick.
New England Patriots at New York Jets, Sunday 1:00pm
I think that I did a fairly good job in picking last week’s game with the Steelers barely edging out the Titans 13 – 10. This week’s game of the week decision was a toss up between Cowboys vs. Giants and Patriots vs. Jets. The trash-talking coming from Jets head coach Rex Ryan and safety Kerry Rhodes this week was the deciding factor in me choosing the latter of the two games.
Me personally, I never think that it’s a good idea to trash talk the Pats. Thinking back to the ’07 year in which they went undefeated in the regular season, every team that said they were going to beat New England ended up losing. And I don’t see that changing this year either.
Pats Wide Receivers vs. Jets Defensive Backs: Is it just me or does it seem like anytime the Patriots play any of their AFC East division opponents, the opposing defense ends up getting shredded for over 300 yards passing and a minimum of 3 touchdowns? That was the case in the Thursday night matchup from a year ago in which Matt Cassell, of all people threw for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns in a loss. Tom Brady is back and as we all witnessed last week, he didn’t seem to have lost much of anything once he got settled into the game. Because of that, I expect big games from Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
Thomas Jones vs. Pats front 7: Last week the Jets piled up close to 200 yards rushing in their win over the Texans, due in large part to Thomas Jones. Coach Belichick will give Mark Sanchez a hard time with a lot of different looks, which means that Jones will again have to carry the load for the Jets to have a chance. Starting linebacker, Jared Mayo is out with a leg injury which increases Jones chances of having a solid game.
Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan: How will coach Belichick use Ryan’s comments to motivate his team? I don’t think that New England have any problem getting motivated for a game with a divisional opponent. But in Ryan’s case, I don’t think that he is going about facing the Patriots the right way. I get the feeling that Ryan will be out to prove something in this game, which will lead to the Jets’ downfall.
Patriots 38, Jets 17 The Jets will probably keep it close throughout the first half because I see Brady starting off slow like he did last week. But once he settles into this game he will explode in the 2nd half. Thomas Jones will carry the team as much as he can, but come the 4th quarter, I see the Jets playing catch-up. That will lead to less running and more mistakes from Sanchez and the Pats running away with this one.