Patriots and Jets prepare for shootout.

It has been a tough road trip for the Jets, and it is not about to get any easier. After winning their first two games of the season at home, the Jets lost in Oakland and in Baltimore. Now they will finish their trip closer to home  against the 3-1 New England Patriots.

But this is not an impossible game. The biggest reason for the Jets’ loss to the Ravens and the Raiders was their inability to keep pass rushers away from Mark Sanchez. When Sanchez had time to throw in the first half against Oakland, the Jets scored 17 points. In the next six quarters, the Jets offense scored a total of 10 points.

The Patriots defense is among the worst in the league allowing 477 yards per game. They have been unable to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and as a result, their secondary has been struggling. Bruised and battered from his last two games, Sanchez might have time to throw the ball effectively today. Even better for the Jets, patriots leading tackler Jerrod Mayo will miss the game with a knee injury.

The Jets also got bad news regarding injuries this week. Outside linebacker Bryan Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Thomas is one of the Jets leading pass rushers and will be replaced by Jamal Westerman. However, the Jets do expect to get center Nick Mangold back. He will remove some of the pressure from Mark Sanchez.

The other key to the game will be stopping Tom Brady who, with Wes Welker, has been nearly unstoppable this year. Welker is on pace for a record setting season in both yards and touchdowns, and has an appointment  on Revis Island. Stopping Welker is essential if the Jets are going to win the game.

Projectd Score: Patriots 35, Jets 24

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