NFL Game Previews: Patriots-Jets Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Patriots-Jets Matchup

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New England at N.Y. Jets (+9.5), 42.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Are the Patriots headed for another undefeated regular season? The odds are starting to look good, as much as the odds for something like that can ever look good. This is arguably the last game of their easy stretch to begin the year, but the hard part doesn't even look as difficult to navigate as it did before Patrick Mahomes got hurt. The defense continues to put up astounding numbers, but it's also been matched up with an astoundingly bad array of QBs, and Sam Darnold this week is arguably their toughest test to date. If the defense does develop a chink or two in its armor, Tom Brady could be forced to put up points with a receiving corps stripped down to the bone due to injuries, as all his top options are banged up. I'm sure he can make do. Darnold did look sharp in last week's upset of the Cowboys, with Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder both thriving now that they had a real QB tossing them passes. The question now is whether Le'Veon Bell can get going without the weight of having to carry the offense on his shoulders. He saw plenty of work as a checkdown option for Luke Falk, but he has yet to rush for more than 68 yards in a game as a Jet.

The Skinny

NE injuries: RB Rex Burkhead (questionable, foot), WR Julian Edelman (questionable,

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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