In Week 5, the New England Patriots (for at least one week) had a defense that was formidable enough to help them secure a win. New England defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football, 19-14, in a lower-scoring affair. QB Tom Brady eclipsed 300 yards passing for the 4th time this season, and the Patriots were able to hold off a potential Jameis Winston led Tampa Bay comeback late in the 4th. They will face the Jets this Sunday after getting a longer rest period between games.
The New York Jets continue to shock the NFL world, securing their 3rd victory of the season, after a win against the porous Cleveland Browns. QB Josh McCown threw for two TDs, and the defense forced Cleveland into three costly turnovers, helping them secure a 17-14 victory. Even though they won, the Jets only accumulated 212 yards of total offense, which will need to increase if they want to beat Tom Brady and company this Sunday.
Tom Brady injury?
Earlier this week, it was released that Patriots QB Tom Brady had re-aggravated his left shoulder in their Thursday night matchup against Tampa Bay. The good news for Brady (and all of his fans) is that it is his “non-throwing” shoulder, so there should be no ill-effects on his throwing ability. It was also noted that Brady had played through this injury to his shoulder during the Patriots Super Bowl XLII run, therefore this seems to have little potential to slow down the scorching hot 40-year-old.
Extra days off
It hard enough to face off against this Patriots team, but when you give them extra days to rest and preparation, it only makes it that much more difficult. The Patriots are coming off a Thursday night victory, which gives them an extra three days to prep for their divisional showdown on Sunday. These added days could prove extremely beneficial for HC Bill Belichick, one of the best schemers in NFL history. The extra rest will also give New England more time to get some key players healthy; such as TE Rob Gronkowski, LB Dont’a Hightower, OT Marcus Cannon, and CB Stephon Gilmore. Putting this added rest in perspective, the New England Patriots are 8-2 after a bye week since 2012, and while this isn’t technically a “bye” week, it’s pretty darn close.
One of the main reasons for the Jets early season success can be accredited to the play of their youthful, fierce defense. They are giving up just over 20 points per game and are averaging a little over one takeaway per game. Over their last three outings, they are only giving up 13.3 points per game and have forced six total turnovers. LB Demario Davis leads the team with 46 tackles, and rookie DBs Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye have played beyond their years through the first five weeks. Their defensive line presents problems for many of their opponents, and with teams starting to find ways to pressure Brady more recently, look for this unit to try and do the same.
S Jamal Adams, NYJ vs TE Rob Gronkowski, NE
Rookie S Jamal Adams said one of the first things he thought about when the Jets drafted him was covering New England TE Rob Gronkowski. Well, his vision will turn into a reality this week, as many expect Gronkowski to be back on the field for the Patriots. The Jets have done a good job against TEs this season, yielding only 204 yards and two TDs, but Rob Gronkowski is a different breed than what they have faced thus far. Look for Adams to be tasked with slowing down one of Brady’s favorite targets.
Fantasy Tip- WR Danny Amendola, NE
In the absence of WR Julian Edelman, Patriots WR Danny Amendola has done an admirable job stepping up and filling in for the reliable veteran WR. Amendola can be a terror in the slot with his quickness and ability to create separation. In fact, earlier this week, Tom Brady called Amendola “uncoverable” when talking about hom much he has meant to the success of their offense. In the four games he has played, Amendola has caught 23 balls for 267 yards and a TD. Look for Brady to make it a point to get him involved, leading me to believe Amendola is in store for a big afternoon, especially in PPR formats.
Betting Tip- NE (-9.5)
This is my favorite line this week. The Jets are 3-2, but if you’re being honest, they have had one of the more favorable schedules through the first five weeks. This will be the first time they are truly tested by a good offense since Week 2 against the Raiders… and we all saw how that went. I expect New England to be clicking on all cylinders, while Brady has another monster afternoon. Take the Patriots giving the 9.5 and run to the bank.
Prediction: New England Patriots 34 – New York Jets 16
A piece of the AFC East divisional lead is on the line… and the New York Jets are apart of it? Well, don’t expect that to last much longer, as the New England Patriots are rolling into town Sunday. New England has had ten days off and it seems like many of their key players will be suiting up this week. They have owned the Jets in the regular season, going 10-2 in their last 12 meetings, and with Brady still playing QB, this game has potential to get ugly if you’re a Jets fan. New England wins big, 34-16.
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