With last week’s last-play loss to the Cowboys now squarely in the rear-view mirror, the Patriots turn their attention to their second meeting of the season with the New York Jets. As was the case coming off of the Tampa game to play Houston, the Patriots will need to move on from an emotional ended to take care of a team they should handily beat.
The talent gap between the Patriots and Jets was made abundantly clear in Week 2. In that game, the Patriots appeared to still be in the early-season feeling-out process, and still managed to come away with a 25-6 win.
Like the Patriots though, the Jets have shown improvement since that first meeting. Asked on Wednesday what the biggest difference is between the Jets then and the Jets now, Bill Belichick told reporters, “It’s a lot of little things. They haven’t changed their offense or changed their defense. They’re better at it. They’ve got more experience doing it, and they’re better at it. We’re better together as a group in all three phases, playing good complementary football and having a better understanding of the scheme, what they’re asked to do, and how they do it.”
What will the Patriots need to do to counter the Jets’ new wrinkles? Here’s a look at this week’s key matchups…