by Luciano11 & SlickVinny
All Time Records: Patriots 57-53-1
Most Recent: 10/16/2014 NE 27, NYJ 25
Postseason: Patriots 2-1 last: 1/16/2011 NYJ 28, NE 21
Largest Margin of victory: NE 56, NYJ 3 during 1979 seasons
Current Streak: Patriots 1 win (This season)
This Decade: Patriots lead the series 7-2
Lets get down to business:
Lets face it, this game matters to New England only, it would keep them on pace for the #1 playoffs spot. That pressure maybe the only shot the Jets have, what do you think?
I don’t think that’s the Jets’ only shot. In fact I wouldn’t consider that a concern at all…That kind of pressure hangs over the Patriots every game, every season. When you’re consistently one of the top teams in the conference, every loss greatly affects the race for home field advantage. I think my biggest concern for this game is the Jets themselves. Say what you will about Rex, but he is a good coach and he always has his guys ready to play. I think this being his last game at home with the Jets (presumably) coupled with the fact that the Jets would like nothing more than to spoil the Pats’ fun could make this a tight game into the 4th quarter.
So the “Geno Project” seems to have been an abject failure, do you think the Jets organization can be trusted to not destroy a potentially great QB like Mariotta of Winston?
I have been a fan of this team for 42 years, and I have seen so many potentially “great” QBs come in and go. Some would say a team usually gets one shot a “Franchise” QB, Jets shot that load off early, and since Namath we have had problems at the position. I think going back to Dan Marino, the Jets got all kinds of grief for drafting Ken O’Brien instead. Marino on the Jets would not have been as good as O’Brien. We have a tremendous season (1-15) and Bill Parcels is the HC, the best prospect to come out in a while should have, he chose not to (probably because Bill was such a hard ass to play for), and came out a year later, when the Colts had the #1 pick. We moved up to get Sanchez and we surrounded the kid with run first type of players, and we wonder why he couldn’t develop as a passer. To answer your question, yes, the Jets have the ability to destroy any good candidate..
Rex vs. BB has been the best battle in the division last 5 years. I will miss this. Who would you rather the Jets do not hire?
First off. I agree, Rex has been great for this division; Imagine if all we had was BB, Dougie Marrone and Plastic Joe? As for Rex’s replacement…I will admit that I’m not all that hip to who the hottest, up and coming assistants are so I’ll go with Josh McDaneils (even though he’s not even rumored to be available). I think a competitive Jets team is good for the Pats and Josh will be a terrible Head Coach (again). Also I’d hate to be forced to look at his smug face on the back pages of the NY tabloids.
With all the uncertainty surrounding the Jets right now, do you think Woody Johnson will hire the “right people” for winning or for getting on the back page?
Good question, especially since Woody has privately had this conversation and it was leaked out a few weeks ago. When he got Rex, he allowed Tannenbaum to do the homework together with an outside firm. Woody also spent a ton of money to hire a talent team to go out and get Idzik.
He said that this time, he himself will make the decision and do the hiring. Woody made the choice to keep Rex after he got a new GM. I liked it at the time, but I also realize now, how bad it was for the team. Clearly Rex and Idzik are not on the same page as to how the team needs to play. Rex should have been fired together with Tannembaum. Since Woody is not a dumb business man, I sure hope he makes the right decisions, because this will affect the team for a lot of years to come.
Which AFC team would you like to avoid in game one of the playoffs?
Hmmm, another good question. I’m honestly not all that worried about the divisional round (I think we can safely assume the Pats will get a bye and not have to play on WC weekend). Around Boston that game is known that the “Dan Shaughnessy Memorial Tomato Can Game”. With the exception of the Jets all those years ago, the team that comes into Foxboro for the divisional round is usually nothing more than a tune up for the AFC Championship game. I think the Broncos are the only team in the AFC worth fearing right now and they can’t come here until the Championship round.
How on earth do the Jets win this game?
This is the first time in a while I do not feel good about a Jets/Pats matchup. The Patriots are really playing well both defensively and offensively. Usually we all know the Pats will score and in order to beat them you would need to put up 30+. This team is different, the addition of Revis has stabilized the entire defense. The Jets have no offense to speak of, well we do but….We tend to move the ball between the 20’s, with long drives that eat up the clock, but once inside the 20s we become who we are: crap. Jets do not score; go back to the first meeting in Foxboro, the Jets dominated the time of possession, ran for a million yards, but they kicked FGs.
As for this game, I will say this: the team is not talented enough to beat the Patriots, but there is a huge (well used to be) factor, Rex Ryan. If there is one thing Rex has done over the years, is to get the team to play above their level at certain times; examples: Both years in the playoffs they traveled every game against much better opponents, yet they won. The playoff win in New England was as masterful a game as he has coached, especially coming off of a total disaster a few weeks before. I think these players truly love Rex and they know his desire to beat Bill and Tom. This team will be fired up to play a meaningless game. Pats will expect a lot of running, I think we pass a lot early and run more as the game moves along. I expect a huge game from Jace Amaro.
Revis has been as expected, one of the best CBs playing. Will New England be able to keep him behind this season?
Can they? Yes. Will they? Now that’s the question…Technically they have an option that they could pick up to ensure that Revis stays, it would be for a stupid amount of money, but technically doable under the cap. The far more likely scenario is that they try to reach a longer term extension with Revis before the start of the league year in March. I think they’ll do it, only because it would be the height of stupidity to let him walk. This isn’t Wes Welker or Deion Branch we’re talking about, this is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Fame cornerback, something that might be the rarest of all commodities in the NFL.
What is New England’s weakest part, their Achille’s Heal if you will?
I would say it’s still the offensive line. Although the Majestic Stork has stabilized the interior of the line and it’s no longer a free for all for the opposing defense, Nate Soldier is still a starter on this team and he has been nothing short of horrendous this season
Who wins the game?
Pats 35 Jets 15 (five fist pumps)
Jets fans, media, and some experts are all hoping for a loss, because we get a better draft pick….as if that is an exact science. I have always been a fan on these terms: You play this week for this week, this season for this season, when you start looking ahead you end up parading and generally end up looking like a fool later. Same with the draft, you worry about that when the season is over, during the season, you always want to win, if you are a true professional that is.
I couldn’t bet a penny on this, but I think the Jets shock Patriots fans and come out victorious.
final score: Patriots-Jets = 23-27