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Can Patriots Deflate The Jets?
At the start of the NFL season, there were predictions that the New England Patriots could go 16-0. Other peseason picks suggested the New York Jets might tumble to 0-16.
What no one dared suggest was that the winner of their meeting at MetLife Stadium in Week Six of the NFL season would leave the victor sitting atop the AFC East.
A breakdown of this surprisingly huge game and other key Week Six matchups, based on odds offered by Bovada.lv.
The most efficient quarterback-wide receiver duo in the NFL will be in action in this game and the combo does not involve Tom Brady. Jets QB Josn McCown has targeted Jeremy Kerley 17 times and connected on all 17 passes. Second in the NFL is the 75.2 percent ratio between the Patriots tandem of Brady and Danny Amendola.
If the 3-2 Jets are going to extend their winning streak to four games, it could come down to the right instep of kicker Chandler Catanzaro. He’s one of three NFL kickers with at least eight field goals of 40 yards or longer, including a franchise-record 57 yarder last week against Cleveland and a 41-yard overtime winner versus Jacksonville.
The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots are a contradictions in teams. Offensively, they lead the NFL in total yardage (419.4) and passing yardage (320.4). Brady is completing 68.2 percent of his passes, leads the league with 1,702 yards and has thrown for 11 touchdowns and just one interception. But he’s been sacked 16 times, one more time than he went down all of last season. And he’s been slowed by a shoulder injury, though Brady insists he will play Sunday.
Defensiively, New England is last in the NFL, surrendering 447.2 yards per game. But the Patriots will have had 10 days to gameplan for the Jets.
Perhaps it’s time to admit the Steelers aren’t who we thought they were. Sure, they can still win the weak AFC North, but with losses to the Bears and Jaguars already on their dance card, it’s difficult to envision them as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Though Pittsburgh has the NFL’s best pass defense, QB Ben Roethlisberger is struggling mightily.
It was the Steelers who ended Kansas City’s season in the playoffs a year ago, so you know that the unbeaten Chiefs, led by NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt (609 yards) will be out for revenge.
Now here are two teams that no one seems to have figured out yet. With a road win at Pittsburgh and a drubbing of the Ravens, the Jags look to be for real, until you study their losses to the Titans and the Jets. But they are the NFL’s top rushing team (165.2 yards per game) and are third best at stopping the pass (177.8).
On the flip side, the Rams also show signs of life after years of bottom feeding. But when QB Jared Goff was presented with a chance to earn a statement win last week over the Seahawks, he couldn’t deliver the goods.
If everyone wasn’t talking about Brady’s spectacular numbers, they’d be discussing the heroics of Aaron Rodgers. The Packers QB has tossed an NFL-leading 13 TD passes and has Green Bay atop the NFC North and well situated in the battle for NFC home-field advantage.
The 3-2 Vikings are doing what mediocre teams do – beating the teams they should and losing to the teams they should. They will do the latter on Sunday.
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