New England Patriots vs New York Jets live, How much better are the Jets at home and how much better at they with Sam Darnold under center?
It’s only been four weeks since the Patriots continued their recent mastery of the rivalry with their AFC East rivals, 30-14 at Gillette Stadium. But that game was in Foxborough and the Jets had overmatched third-stringer Luke Falk under center while Darnold recovered from mononucleosis.
Darnold returned last week and looked terrific against the Dallas Cowboys. He’ll face a Patriots defense that’s been dominant so far. But the New England offense is banged up with Josh Gordon, Rex Burkhead, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse out and Julian Edelman and Philip Dorsett officially questionable.
The Patriots have had extra time for preparation coming off a Thursday game 11 days ago, but the Jets, who’ve been kicked around in recent years come in with plenty of motivation.
WEATHER (Via Accuweather)
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Kickoff time: 8:15 p.m.
Wind (MPH): 5 mph
Precipitation: 0 chance of rain
ODDS AND POINT SPREADS
Bovada: Patriots -10
Vegas Insider: Patriots -9.5
PATRIOTS OFFENSE VS. JETS DEFENSE
The Jets’ offensive troubles have kept their defense on the field more than is ideal, but the New York defense has been mostly a middle-of-the-pack unit:
Their 24.6 points per game allowed is 20th in the league.
Their 358.0 yards allowed is 17th including 262.2 passing yards (24th) and 95.8 rushing yards (14th).
New England leads the NFL at 31.7 points per game and their passing yards (284.8) is fifth.
Ben Watson, who is making his 2019 debut at tight end for the Patriots. The 38-year-old, who was suspended, cut then re-signed figures to be rusty, but with Josh Gordon, Rex Burkhead and two tight ends out for the Patriots, he could be somebody Tom Brady trusts right away.