After a 43-0 blowout victory over the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, the New England Patriots return home for a Sunday afternoon head-to-head against the New York Jets.
The Patriots enter this game outscoring their opponents 76 to 3 through the first 120 minutes of the 2019 NFL season, and with Antonio Brown officially released after what felt like the longest 11 days of our lives, the Patriots find themselves in true "back to business" mode.
The Jets, meanwhile, come to Foxboro on the heels of a Monday Night Football loss to Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns, and without starting quarterback Sam Darnold (mono). They're also still looking for their first victory under first-year Jets head coach and noted crazy eyes enthusiast Adam Gase.
The Patriots and Jets won both meetings
Here's how the 98.5 staff sees this game going...
Here's some truly groundbreaking analysis: The Patriots are really good, and the Jets are really bad. The Jets are also injured to hell, which doesn't help when you're really bad. I also feel like an absolute buffoon for even thinking that the Jets could have contended for a playoff spot in the AFC this year. Then again, the AFC stinks, so maybe they'll still fall ass-backwards into a wild card. Luke Falk idolizes Tom Brady, so that'll be fun to watch. Other than that, this feels like another Patriot blowout.
Patriots 37, Jets 10.
The Jets have no shot in this game and it's because they are not going to score. They may very well go without a touchdown, which would make the Patriots the first team since 1937 to go their first three games without letting an opponent into the end zone. I think the Jets' pass-rushers and the terrifying Jamal Adams (if he plays) could give the offense trouble, at least early on. But the Pats will breeze to another victory and probably cover the outrageous spread too.
Patriots 27, Jets 3.
Know what’s scary? I feel like I’m short-changing the Pats with this score. It won’t be close. But it won’t be Miami.
Patriots 34, Jets 13.
Matt McCarthy (98.5 The Sports Hub)
I don't know if the Jets are as bad as the Dolphins, but I know that they're really bad. The Patriots defense will continue to dominate. Nothing to see here.
Patriots 30, Jets 6.
The Patriots host the Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in a rivalry that is currently on hold. The Jets will start Luke Falk, the former 199th pick in the draft, against another quarterback who was also the 199th player selected in his draft class.
In the past, these games would be difficult for the Patriots, especially against the spread. But the Patriots have won this head-to-head at home rather easily over the last two seasons, and I don't see that changing the way the defense is playing for New England. They have given up six points since the Super Bowl and face a quarterback making hist first NFL start.
The line is 22.5 at most places right now. And while the Patriots will win, do they cover?
Worth noting that the Pats are 16-3 against the spread in their last 19 gams as a favorite of -10.5 or more.
Patriots 31, Jets 6.
Mike 'Sarge' Riley (98.5 The Sports Hub)
It feels like this could be the Patriots' seventh preseason game of the season; Three different Jets quarterbacks in the first three weeks. And even if Stephen Gostowski misses a field goal or an extra point it won't matter. Give me the Patriots big at home.
Patriots 37, Jets 13.