NEW YORK JETS (3-3)
at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-3)
Kickoff: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT
Line: New England -11, Total: 10.5
Bitter division rivals try to stay atop the mediocre AFC East when the Patriots host the Jets on Sunday.
The rivalry is as fierce as ever with these pair of 3-3 teams, though this year the Jets will be without Darrelle Revis to counter New Englandís passing attack. The Patriots swept the Jets a year ago, including a 37-16 trouncing of Gang Green in MetLife Stadium. The teams were fairly even in offensive yardage (389-378 for New England) but the Pats forced three turnovers, including a pick six. The Jets took advantage of turnovers by the young Colts last week, but likely wonít have that luxury against the Pats. While they made mistakes in the penalty department last week (six for 80 yards), New England hasnít had more than two giveaways in a game this year.
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Mark Sanchez hasn't been very good this year (49.7% completions, 8 TD, 6 INT), but the Patriots have allowed at least 280 passing yards in each of their past four games. Sanchez will also have the services of both TE Dustin Keller and WR Stephen Hill, who both appear to be finally recovered from their hamstring injuries. If the Jets choose to try to sustain long drives by running the football, they have confidence in Shonn Greene, who is coming off a monster afternoon against the Colts, rushing for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries. Greene expects another heavy workload considering his top two backups are both out -- Bilal Powell (shoulder) and Joe McKnight (ankle). QB Tim Tebow is also expected to carry the football a handful of times when Greene needs a breather. The Jets defense was tremendous in last week's win over Indianapolis, holding the Colts to 41 yards on 17 carries and forcing four turnovers. However, in last year's two meetings, they only forced one New England miscue and surrendered 67 points and 835 total yards of offense.
Patriots QB Tom Brady is 16-5 in his career versus the Jets throwing for 5,055 yards (241 YPG), 30 TD and just 11 INT. He's also coming off a career-most 58 passing attempts, when he threw for 395 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT in a 24-23 loss in Seattle. Wes Welker had another huge afternoon with 10 catches for 138 yards, giving him 622 receiving yards (2nd in NFL) this season. New England was unable to run the football effectively last week (87 yards on 26 carries), but it has 498 rushing yards in the previous two games. Also, the Jets have been terrible in stopping the run all season, ranking 28th in the league with 151 rushing YPG allowed. Speaking of rushing defenses, New England has held each of its past three opponents under 100 rushing yards, and has forced 11 turnovers in this span.