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NFL · 10 days ago

Patriots vs. Jets Preview: Does New England Deserve Road Favorite Status?



Patriots vs. Jets Preview: Does New England Deserve Road Favorite Status?

It’s an AFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium this Sunday as the New England Patriots roll into town to face off against the New York Jets. Despite struggling to find their form in the initial part of the NFL season, the Patriots enter the game as -3-point favorites.

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The stats are intriguing. A team that has yet to secure a lead in their first two matches is favored on the road – it’s a testament to both the reputation of the Patriots’ franchise and the early-season struggles of the Jets.

The game’s total is set at a modest 37 points, with many expecting a defensive battle. The spotlight will be on the two young quarterbacks, Zach Wilson of the Jets and Mac Jones of the Patriots. Their performances could very well dictate the game’s pace, and with the low total, many are contemplating the “dead under.”

The Jets, for their part, aren’t lacking in offensive firepower in theory. Dalvin Cook and Breece Hall are great weapons on the ground, while Garrett Wilson is one of the best up-and-coming receivers. Along with those pieces, Wilson, in particular, has been earning praise as the “New York Jet Whisperer.” His potential is evident, but the key will be whether the team can translate that potential into points on the board.

While the Patriots may appear undergunned compared to the Jets’, their coaching staff’s prowess can’t be overlooked. This season, it’s possible that the formidable duo of Bill O’Brien and Bill Belichick could guide the Pats to another win over New York.

Given the circumstances and the evident strengths and weaknesses of both squads, Sunday’s game promises to be an exciting contest. The Patriots may be favorites, but the Jets have every intention of proving their doubters wrong.

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