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The New England Patriots may be dealing with a slew of injuries, but their most important player is still healthy while expecting another main part to be making his debut.
Tom Brady had a few issues with the New York Jets early in the season as they held him to 185 yards and just 1 touchdown. In prior years, Brady has had his ups and downs against the Jets with more ups then downs. In his last 7 games, Brady has been able to record 16 touchdowns to 3 interceptions with 5 multiple touchdown games and 4 games with 300-plus yards passing.
A week after engineering a stunning game-winning drive in the final seconds, Brady may be hoping things go a lot easier Sunday at MetLife Stadium as he tries to continue his dominance of the Jets.
New England (5-1) leads the AFC East by 1 1/2 games over second-place Miami Dolphins despite an injured list that’s grown to 10 players. Star linebacker Jerod Mayo (torn pectoral muscle) joined tackle Vince Wilfork on season-ending injured reserve this week, while CB Aqib Talib‘s hip injury along with WR Danny Amendola and guard Dan Connolly‘s concussions that will keep them out this week.
The Patriots are expecting star TE Rob Gronkowski to make his season debut after undergoing 4 surgeries on his left forearm and 1 on his back. Brady has an 18-4 career regular-season record against New England’s division rivals as a starter, leading the Patriots to wins in each of the last 6 meetings after beating the Jets 13-10 at home in Week 2.
The New York Jets, though, are dealing with their own injuries, particularly to the secondary. The team is hoping rookie CB Dee Milliner is back from a three-game absence because of a hamstring injury, while fellow CB Kyle Wilson has a concussion.
The defense, however, couldn’t take much blame for last week’s 19-6 home loss to previously winless Pittsburgh Steelers , holding the Steelers to 328 yards of offense while the Jets mustered a season-low 267 yards.
They’ll need to step up if they want to stay competitive with each of their next 2 opponents current division leaders. After facing New England, the Jets will visit the Cincinnati Bengals next week before hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 ahead of its bye.
Geno Smith‘s worst performance of the season came against the Patriots. The rookie completed 15 of 35 passes for 214 yards with a season-high three picks while being sacked four times. Smith has been able to record just 2 games with multiple touchdowns this season but has produced 4 games with multiple interceptions. The Patroits defense are going to test his arm and are expected to bring a ton of pressure in hopes of forcing Smith to make poor decisions.
Smith wasn’t much better last week, going 19 of 34 for 201 yards with 2 Interceptions after completing 16 of 20 for 199 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 30-28 win against the Atlanta Falcons just 6 days earlier. Perhaps facing a banged-up Patriots defense can help Smith rebound. That unit has surrendered an average of 386.3 total yards and 269.3 yards through the air in their past 3 games with 2 QBs throwing for multiple touchdowns Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.
Week 7 Score Prediction : New England Patriots 27 – New York Jets 20