After almost two full weeks off, the Patriots will finally get back to work with a Monday Night Football head-to-head with the New York Jets.
The Jets come into this game riding the high of last week's win over the Dallas Cowboys (thanks to the return of quarterback Sam Darnold), while the Patriots enter action with a perfect 6-0 record on the year.
New England handled the Jets by a 30-14 final in their September head-to-head, and has won seven straight meeting against the Jets dating back to 2015.
Here are the 98.5 staff picks for some Monday Night Football in NJ...
I think we're gonna get a game here. C.J. Mosley was playing some fantastic football prior to the groin injury that knocked him out of Week 1 (and the Jets into a collapse of a loss to Josh Allen and the Bills). Sam Darnold is better than Luke Falk. And the Patriots are battling a somewhat significant injury bug. Nevertheless, gimme this New England defense.
Patriots 24, Jets 20.
Surprisingly enough, the Patriots have a win percentage under .775 in something: Bill Belichick is just 9-6 (.600) in Monday road games as Patriots head coach. Couple that with the Jets always seeming to give the Pats trouble when they play at the Meadowlands, and I think we'll have a closer-than-suspected game on Monday night. The Jets defense is getting some serious reinforcements with C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams back in the lineup, and quarterback Sam Darnold should make a big difference compared to Luke Falk in Week 3. That being said, I expect Belichick and Tom Brady to execute all the little things necessary to get late into the fourth quarter with the lead and pull out a hard-earned victory. A late turnover by Darnold will seal it.
Patriots 23, Jets 16.
Jets covered the first time and now they have Darnold, who has a 98.5 rating in his last six starts. I wasn't lying when I said the Jets would be in the wildcard race by the end of the season.
Patriots 20, Jets 17.
The Patriots bring their outstanding defense and their 6-0 record to the MetLife stadium on Monday night football. The Patriots offense has struggled and are playing a jets defense that just held Dallas to 22 points at home. The Patriots will once again have to piece it together on offense while the Jets will have Sam Darnold in this matchup. Darnold might not be able to throw for 330 yards against this Patriots team, but the key to the game will be Le'Veon Bell. If they can use play action and get him involved in the running & passing game, it could open some dome field throws for Darnold.
Some betting trends to consider...
- New England is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The UNDER has cashed in four of the Patriots' last five on the road.
- New York is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven.
- The UNDER has hit in four of the Jets' last six.
- The total has gone UNDER in nine of the last 11 Monday Night Football games.
10 points might be too many points the way the Patriots offense is dealing with injuries, but both defenses will play well and I see value in the UNDER 44.
Patriots 24, Jets 13.